Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Physical Education


Educators and physical educators are very much concerned about the degree of carry-over of physical education activities into the leisure experiences of pupils. They also seem to be cognizant of the need for noting the degree of interest and skill developed by pupils in these activities for carry-over to adult life. These points are invariably included in all materials encountered which refer to the objectives of physical education or evaluative criteria which have been established for raising the standards of our present programs. Obviously these groups are immensely concerned with this vital factor of carry-over value of activities for the pupils because they realize how essential it is for effective adjustment of the individual in society today. Supervisors and instructors of physical education may often be confronted by the following questions of physical education students: What good will I get out of this activity? What types of activities do people follow most in adult life? What chances are there that I can do the same thing when I get out of college? The purpose of this study is to determine the extent of participation of athletes and non-athletes in physical education activities during high school, to determine the extent of their participation during college, and to determine the frequency of participation in physical education activities by these same athletes and non-athletes during specific periods of time after graduation from college. We also wish to determine the most common physical education activities in which athlete and non-athlete graduates of the various decades from 1900-1954 participated during specific periods of time after graduation from college.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Physical education and training


Includes bibliographical references



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South Dakota State University


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