Spotlight in PE

Spotlight in PE

On the last day of term the Year 9 GCSE PE group visited Marjons Sports Science laboratory. This was a fantastic opportunity for them and one which they enjoyed greatly.

They did a number of workshops, starting with the speed and acceleration test where they were timed running through two timing gates, down a runway and finishing in the foam pit. This made them very competitive, with Kian Nation doing the test the fastest.

They also did the reaction time test where they used the ‘Batak Board’ using the accumulator programme. Within this programme random targets will lit up for 60 seconds and the participant had to hit the target. The aim was to strike as many targets as possible in 60 seconds. Miss Warring got the best score with 80 in 1 minute, the highest score by a student was Ben Barrowdale with 63.

Next Bruno did a test on an anti-gravity treadmill, the treadmill looks like a bounce house for your lower body. To use it, you put on a pair of tight neoprene shorts. The shorts have a sort of skirt attached and the skirt is lined with zipper teeth. You step onto the treadmill, inside a hole in its plastic casing and zipper yourself in from the waist down. You are then encased in an airtight plastic bag. As you stand there, the treadmill measures your weight and you tell it how intense you want your workout to be. The machine uses ‘unweighting technology’ to make you feel up to 80 percent lighter-so if you weigh 100 pounds, you could feel as light as 20 pounds on the treadmill. The terms ‘anti-gravity’ and ‘unweighting technology’ are enthusiastic descriptions for what the machine actually does, which is inflate the plastic bag around your lower body to lift you off the surface of the treadmill.

Finally Zach took part in a VO2 max test. He had to run at a constant speed throughout the test and the incline is increased to increase the demands on the body and exhaustion is usually achieved between 9-15 minutes. They are linked up to a mask to measure the intake and expenditure of oxygen during this time.

It was an inspiring day for all involved and behaviour was immaculate.

Mrs Skelton and Miss Warring
(CL and ACL for PE)