Course: Theory and Methodology of Athletics

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Course title Theory and Methodology of Athletics
Course code KTV/4306
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Lesson
Level of course Master
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Valter Ladislav, PaedDr.
  • Nosek Martin, Mgr. Ph.D.
Course content
Topics of Lectures: 1. The history of athletics. 2. Current athletic movement 3. The content of teaching school athletics at primary school, general and school education program, thematic plans, school competitions 4. Athletic lesson, types, planning, evidence 5. Methodology of athletics in terms of school physical education in primary schools (teaching forms, methods and styles) 6. Methodology of runs. 7. Methodology of jumps. 8. Methodology of litters and throws. 9. The development of motor skills in athletics. 10. Fundamentals of athletic training of young people 11. Fundamentals of sports training for children and youth in running events 12. Fundamentals of sports training for children and young people in the jumping disciplines. 13. Fundamentals of sports training for children and youth in the throwing disciplines 14. Test of theory and didactics athletics. Practicals: 1. Training of methodology of different methods of run. 2. Training of methodology of relay handover and obstacle-race. 3. Methodology of practicing of long jump, high jump 4. Training of methodology of shots and throws. 5. The development of diagnostics and athletic movement skills. 6. Athletic lesson in a equipped environment 7. Athletic lesson in a natural environment 8. Athletic lesson in the gym. 9. Observation in primary school. 10. Mentoring of athletic lesson in terms of primary school - practical outcomes 11. Mentoring of athletic lesson in terms of primary school - practical outcomes 12. Mentoring of athletic lesson in terms of primary school - practical outcomes 13. Analysis and evaluation lesson. 14. Choosen seminar according to students. The course is divided into lectures, seminars and individual self-studies. Aim of the lectures is to introduce the students to the issues of athletics in the context of high schools (general and educational programs, theme-based programs, athletic classes - different types, composition of the classes, teacher's activities), athletic school competitions and the basic of athletic preparation for youth. The aim of seminars is the practical application of the gained knowledge, such as the methodology of selected athletic disciplines and teacher's role in a PE class with athletic disciplines in various environments. Students are required to cover other parts of the course, stated in the syllabus of the course, by self-study. A number of study materials is available in electronic and printed form. Both can be found at either webpages of KTVS PF UJEP or in the study room (study texts, DVDs and multimedia textbook of athletics) respectively. Students' self-studies are guided by the lecturer of the course. The basis of the course is recommended literature (available at and study materials available at:; Seminar papers and theoretical knowledge are consulted via e-mail (, Furthermore, students can contact their teachers through the faculty ( or teacher's (, webpages. STAG, the information system of UJEP, is used to record students' academic results.

Learning activities and teaching methods
unspecified, unspecified, unspecified, unspecified
  • unspecified - 28 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 5 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 5 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 40 hours per semester
  • unspecified - 4 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The aim of the study-unit is focused on acquiring knowledge and skills of teaching athletics at the elementary school. Emphasis is put on the knowledge of the curriculum, structure and design of physical education with athletic content. Students will be acquainted with the history of athletics, athletic movement and the principles of sports training for children and youth. In practical seminars are taught to manage the educational process from the perspective of the development of motor skills, practicing and perfecting the various athletic disciplines and leadership hours with different topics. The emphasis is on the practical application of acquired knowledge and skills in physical education classes in elementary school.
Provided knowledge and skills: - Theoretical knowledge, which allows students to properly conduct athletic educational process at high schools - Knowledge of creating and leading an athletic class in the field - and natural environment, and in a gymnasium - Correct application of methods used in developing athletic and movement skills and abilities - The ability to judge and evaluate students' levels of mastering the correct techniques, including the ability to correct possible mistakes - The ability to evaluate and develop movement abilities and skills in the context of athletic disciplines - Knowledge of school competitions - The ability to create and lead a school team - Knowledge about athletic associations
Knowledge and practical experience of the subjects in the bachelor's degree.

Assessment methods and criteria
Participation in seminars. Leadership lessons - hours per task Submission of written preparation hours in according to specification. Written test. Oral examination.
Recommended literature
  • DOSTÁL , E . a kol. Didaktika školní atletiky . 1 vyd. Praha: SPN ,1991. 186 s..
  • CHOUTKOVÁ ,B . FEJTEK , M. Atletika pro 5 - 8 . ročník ZŠ . 1 vyd. Praha : SPN, 1991. 125 s..
  • JEŘÁBEK, P. Atletika dětí a dorostu. 1. vyd. Praha: Grada, 2008..
  • KAPLAN, A. a kol. Atletika dorostu. Praha: Casri, 2008. DVD.
  • KAPLAN, A., VÁLKOVÁ, H. Atletika pro děti a jejich rodiče, učitele a trenéry. Praha: Olympia, 2009..
  • KUCHEN , A. Teória a didaktika atletiky . Bratislava 1 vyd. SPN, 1987. 379 s..
  • NOSEK,M., VALTER,L. Multimediální učebnice z atletky. Ústí nad Labem: UJEP PF, 2010.
  • PRUKNER, V., MACHOVÁ, I. Didaktika atletiky. Olomouc: Univerzita Palackého, 2012..
  • RUDOVÁ, I. Atletika pro děti. Praha: Český atletický svaz, 2013. DVD.
  • VALTER, L. Atletika. In. Horkel,V. Teorie a aplikace tvorby školních vzdělávacích programů v tělesné výchově. Ústí nad Labem: Univerzita J.E. Purkyně, 2012, 48-63..
  • VALTER, L., NOSEK, M. Vybrané kapitoly z atletiky. Ústí nad Labem: Univerzita J. E. Purkyně, 2007..

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Education Study plan (Version): Physical Education for the 2nd Stage of Primary Schools (A14) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter