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1 Any planned programme of motor activities that helps individuals to develop and control their bodies. Physical education is a process through which favourable adaptation and learning (organic, neuromuscular, intellectual, social, cultural, emotional, and aesthetic) result from and proceed through, fairly vigorous activity.

2 A formal area of educational activity in which the main concern is with bodily movements and which takes place in an educational establishment. See also physical recreation, play, sport.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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