Physical and Health Education

Career guidance in physical education

Before you can be qualified as a Physical and Health Education specialist, you must have obtained one of the following:

(i) Diploma in Physical and Health Education

(ii) NCE in Physical and Health Education

(iii) B.Ed/ B.A/B.Sc in Physical Education and human kinetics

(iv) Master of Education (M.Ed), Master of Arts (M.A), Master of Science (M.Sc) in Physical and Health Education

(v) Ph.D in Physical and Health Education

Functions of Physical Education Specialists

(i) Teaching: Physical Education specialists are good in teaching the subject in schools and colleges. They are in charge of building young students from the grass root

(ii) Coaching: They are good in coaching groups of people or individuals. They give training to teams and athletes to prepare them for competitions

(iii) Physical Training: This is another part of Physical Education which deals with training in different types of exercises.

(iv) Sport Psychologists: These are specialists who deal with the mental aspects of the game. They concentrate on exercises which develop mind

(v) Sports Marketers: These are specialists in marketing sports. They are in charge of the publicity, ticketing, purchasing of sports equipment.

(vi) Exercise Therapists: These are specialists in exercises only. They master exercises and know which exercise is suitable for a particular disease or incident.

Functions of Specialists in Health Education

(i) Teaching: The health officers teach in health schools. They make sure schools are neat and clean.

(ii) Community: The specialists play the role of health officers who are in charge of the cleanliness of every surrounding. They have the right to sue any defaulter to the appropriate authority for further action.

(iii) Health Journalism: The specialists publicise matters affecting or concerning sport and the people’s health.

(iv) Consultancy: The specialists grant people consultancy services. People go to them for consultancy, to settle in their office when they help people on what to do to improve their health.

(v) Grounds men: They function as workers who take care of the ground, place of play and recreational grounds. They take care of the cleanliness of the areas, cut the bushes and grasses, and water the flowers and other odd jobs in the terrain.

(vi) Sport administrator: A sport administrator is the person in charge of a particular sport. Example; Football administrators is the person in charge of all football matters in the country.


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  2. What are the qualifications required to become a specialist in Physical and Health Education?

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