Physical education (PE) aims to improve the physical health of students. However, some injured students believe that certain aspects of PE can worsen existing injuries or even cause them.
Elliana Sabahi, a dancer and freshman at PE I, says dancing caused her knee problems, but running puts more pressure on her knee.
“I did independent physical education during all of my college years, so this is the first time I actually do physical education, and that’s kind of how I found out that running really hurt my knees, ”Sabahi said.
Sabani thinks that running is a good physical activity because it can help people in many ways, but she thinks it is not beneficial for her due to her injury.
Unlike the cause of Sabahi’s injury, running caused freshman and swimmer Ava Farrell with knee joint problems. She received a doctor’s note, which exempts a student from participating in activities that could make the injury worse. Although she no longer runs, Farrell said the injury affected her life as a swimmer.
“It made it harder to kick in swim training and push off the wall, which makes me slower,” said Farrell.
However, Carlmont’s physical education program isn’t just about running for students. Farrell explained that his class participates in different activities each week.
“Some days are different. Monday we do weight training in the weight room, Tuesday and Wednesday we do golf, then Friday we do yoga, ”Farrell said.
In addition to having different activities in PE I, the PE program at Carlmont also offers second year students the choice of taking bodybuilding, dance or PE II classes for their graduation conditions.
Jack Hitchcock, a sophomore with rotator cuff tendonitis, is taking strength training classes in his final year of PE. Hitchcock says doing pull-ups at home and doing physical education online caused his injury.
“I got it online PE last year. I was doing the physical education class and I also worked out in my room. I did a lot of pull-ups and I think my form was bad, or I did too much, ”Hitchcock said.
Additionally, Hitchcock says weightlifting is different from previous PE classes he took because there is no running and you get to choose what you do. With more freedom over what students can work on, students have the flexibility to avoid activities that cause or worsen injuries.
Although efforts were made to contact the chairman of the physical education department, David Heck, and other physical education teachers in Carlmont regarding the rules for injured students, not all were available. Students and Carlmont PE Mission Statement demonstrates belief in the importance of physical well-being and safety.
“Know your body and know your limits and don’t do something that you know is going to hurt you,” Sabahi said.