What if MacGyver Taught Physical Education?
In an era of rising childhood obesity rates, many physical educators find themselves with declining financial resources. Similar to how MacGyver had to do when he was in a bind on his self-titled television show, physical educators need to think creatively when providing equipment for use by their students. The problem that has been identified is: “How does a teacher provide for the daily equipment needs of the students when the financial resources are severely limited?” One common solution is the construction of “homemade” or improvised equipment. Although there are an array of resources that provide examples of self-made equipment, the physical education literature is somewhat sparse in providing guiding principles and underlying concepts to assist the “builder” during the decision making, design and construction phases. This article leads with the question, “What would MacGyver do?” and provides the novice improviser with a template of resource banks for the “raw” materials, concrete suggestions for equipment design considerations, and step by step helpful hints to assist in the creation, construction and utilization of physical education equipment.
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Marston, Rip and Leech, Trey, "What if MacGyver Taught Physical Education?" (2014). Faculty Publications. 1349.