Identifying High School Physical Education Physical Activity Patterns After High School


high school sports, high school students, organized sports, college aged


National standards for physical education (PE) encompass five principles for the purpose of defining what high school students should recognize and be able to perform as a result of a quality PE program. The expectation is that youth will develop as active healthy lifestyle into adulthood from activities and skills taught in PE. Researchers from the United Kingdom and the United States have identified team sports as the primary curricular design in high school P.E. However, it has been suggested the use of team sports is not as effective way to encourage students to be physically active throughout their lives. Participants for this study were 1,034 college-aged students from a private university located in the western United States. Responses from the questionnaire (Questions 9, 12, and 14) indicated a significant difference at the p <0.05 level when gender was compared. Cohen's d for statistically significant values indicated low to moderate practical significance. Seven open-ended questions were used to investigate in which activities students enjoyed participating during high school PE. A majority of college students reflected the desire of being taught or exposed to lifetime activities during their high school PE class. College students who were surveyed tended to want to attain skills in high school that they could use throughout their lives. Study results indicate that some college student's reflections on past PE exposure were not beneficial.

Original Publication Citation

Barney, D., Pleban, F., Wilkinson, C., & Prusak, K. (2015). Identifying high school physical education on physical activity after high school. The Physical Educator, 72, (2), 278-293.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date



The Physical Educator




David O. McKay School of Education


Educational Inquiry, Measurement, and Evaluation

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor