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Athletics - Physical Education. Records, 1963-2008

Identifier: RG8-5


  • Creation: 1963


Biographical / Historical

Until 1908, Davidson College offered no regular physical education or training for students. In 1901, an Athletic Instructor was hired to supervise the athletic teams and the Board of Trustees created an additional position of professor of physical training in 1907 to conduct exercises and give lectures on hygiene. Dr. J. W. MacConnell, the college physician, was appointed as the first professor. In 1932 the department was renamed as the Department of Student Health Services and Physical Education and in 1968, Physical Education became a separate department. Currently, the college maintains a physical education requirement for graduation; however, the program carries no academic credit. A total of four courses are required: PED101 (required of all students, including transfers, during their first semester at Davidson); one lifetime credit (PED2**); one water credit (PED3**); and one team credit (PED4**). A swim test is administered during orientation to determine swimming ability and to offerguidance in course selection. Students who do not pass the swim test must register for an appropriate swimming class. Students can receive credit for a team sport by participating on a varsity or junior varsity athletic team or by participating in 75 percent of games in a club or intramural sport. The Physical Education department is responsible for scheduling and conducting physical education classes and overseeing the intramural sports program. The collection consists of handbooks for the physical education and intramural programs. The Lacrosse - Women's folder contains their Fall 2007 budget


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