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BIO Web Conf.
Volume 26, 2020
First International Scientific-Practical Conference “Actual Issues of Physical Education and Innovation in Sports” (PES 2020)
Article Number 00071
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Published online 06 November 2020

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1 Introduction

Over the last ten years there is a downward trend in the students’ motivation to physical education within the established programs of higher educational institutions (hereinafter – HEI). It affects the attendance of practical classes on physical culture and sport. In this regard, there is a deterioration in the level of physical and functional fitness, the state of health of students, and psychoemotional well-being [1].

However, there is an increased interest in a healthy lifestyle that promotes sports, proper nutrition, rejection of bad habits and the use of a variety of fitness tools and methods. All of that have a positive effect on the psychoemotional state, physical and functional fitness of young people (including those studying at Universities) [2-4]. This trend is especially noticeable when you observe one of the most important components of young people’s lives today - social networks. All of the above confirms the fact that modern students are interested in physical self-development, sports and a healthy lifestyle.

To increase students ’ motivation in mastering disciplines related to physical culture, we need to study motives, personal needs, interests, beliefs, and value orientations [5-8]. The study of these factors can improve the health of students in higher education by increasing interest in classes. It also can increase their activity and the effectiveness of education in higher schools.

In 2018-2019 academic year, a survey of students was conducted, aimed at:

  • study of attitudes to the discipline “Physical culture and sport”;

  • identification of the main motives that encourage classes;

  • establishing the reasons for the passive attitude to the discipline “Physical culture and sport”;

  • finding out priority sports or exercise systems.

The survey involved 1717 first-year students of the Humanities and socio-economic faculties of the Moscow city pedagogical University (MCPU) [9].

The study showed that the majority of students (74.5%) had positive attitude to the discipline “Physical culture and sports”; 10.4% of students had negative attitude; 5.1% found it difficult to answer this question.

Among the main motives that encourage practical physical education and sports, students named: certification in the discipline-63%; the desire for physical improvement and a beautiful figure-27%; maintaining and strengthening health-10%.

Despite the positive attitude to physical culture and sports in general, a large part of students (43.9%) are passive about the discipline itself.

The reasons for the passive attitude to physical education classes at the University students attributed: monotony of educational material-42%, inconvenient schedule for this discipline-10%, poor equipment of halls and rooms (changing rooms, showers) - 15%, combination of study and work-5%. Some students pointed that negative attitude to physical culture formed in the school years due to the complexity of learning – 8%, personal disorganization (forgot my gym clothes, slept, lazy) – 6%. 8% of respondents do not see any need to exercise, and 7% of students referred to the poor health.

A questionnaire survey of students showed that the majority (86%) of students want to engage in physical culture based on their chosen sport or modern systems of physical exercise (aerobics, Wu-Shu, shaping, etc.). Only 8% of respondents preferred classes on the traditional system, and 6% - refrained from answering.

Currently the least popular types of sports are the basis of the physical educational program. So, volleyball is interesting for 10.2% (175 people) of the surveyed students, basketball - 5,9% (101 people), mini-football – 5,1% (87 people), and athletics - 6.4% (110 people).

Among the most priority sports or exercise systems were: “fitness” - 18.1% (311 people); “Hatha yoga” - 15.4% (264 people);” adaptive physical culture “ - 14.4% (247 people);” aerobics “ - 14.1% (243 people);” swimming “ 15.4% (264 people). The improving of the discipline “Physical culture and sports” curriculum is the main factor for involvement of students in systematic physical education and sports. It can be assumed that the modernization of the physical education process in higher education allows to individualize the approach to development of the discipline “Physical culture and sports”. It increases the perceived motivation to relieve emotional tension and provides a significant increase in physical and functional capabilities.

In the structure of pedagogical specialties professional competence, a graduate is “able to maintain the proper level of physical fitness to ensure a full-fledged social and professional activity” (CC-7). The ability to swim is a professional and applied skill [10].

Swimming is a necessary skill that everyone should have. Swimming has a high health-improving effect and is a unique type of physical exercise in water [11].

We conducted an experiment aimed at modernizing the learning process and improving the students’ swimming skill.

The aim of the research is to improve the pedagogical methodology, the swimming skills formation of University students based on the use of synchronized swimming tools. They contribute to improving the swimming readiness of high school students.

The following tasks were set for this study:

  1. Identify the most effective and accessible synchronized swimming exercises aimed at improving swimming skills.

  2. Show the effectiveness of using various means of synchronized swimming to form a stable swimming skill.

2 Materials and Methods

Sixty students from 19 to 23 years old participated the main pedagogical experiment. They were divided into two groups: a control group and an experimental group. 12 girls and 18 boys were enrolled in the experimental group, and 11 girls and 19 boys were enrolled in the control group. All passed medical examinations and belonged to the main medical group of health. The level of their swimming skill was “ swimming in their own way “ with some elements of the sports swimming technique. Training took place during one academic year (2017-2018), classes were held once a week, 2 academic hours: 45 minutes was a lesson in the hall and 45 minutes on the water.

The teaching to female students was carried out within the elective discipline of Physical culture and sports, on the course “Swimming”. The curriculum basis of the Department of adaptology and sports training of the Moscow city pedagogical University (MSPU) was the sports swimming methods training – chest crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, applied swimming. Classes in the hall for both groups were conducted using the same method.

In the control group, classes were conducted according to the traditional method of teaching swimming. The experimental group was engaged in the method with synchronized swimming elements. Training in swimming by sports methods was carried out according to the generally accepted method, separately-holistic one[12].

The experimental technology assumed an increase in students ’ interest in swimming classes, due to the variety of educational material, changing from monotonous cyclic exercises to unusual acyclic and mixed ones. The training process included elements of synchronized swimming, which does not tire the nervous system, but rather tones it. They increase the emotional color of the lesson and contribute to the improvement of swimming skills. Synchronized swimming exercises were selected based on availability for this group.

Elements and complexes of synchronized swimming exercises in our classes were used to: accelerate the development of the water environment; reduce hydrophobia; keep the body on the water surface and maintain balance; expand motor horizons; increase the emotional attractiveness of classes; provide active motivation for physical education. The exercises of this group are aimed at forming water-support reactions necessary for keeping the body on the surface, maintaining balance and moving the body in water [12].

The experimental technology involved performing synchronized swimming at the final part of the swimming lesson. The first half of the lesson was devoted to the new material study. It was conducted after a short warm-up and repetition of swimming skills and abilities acquired in previous classes.

Thus, the three-part structure of water classes was distributed in the experimental group:

  • * Preparatory part of the lesson – 20%;

  • • Main part-70%;

  • * Final 10%.

Table 1.

Means of synchronized swimming, used in experimental group

3 Results and Discussion

As an assessment of the effectiveness we used indicators that reflect the swimming skills of students.

Students ’ swimming fitness was assessed by the time they covered the 50-meter freestyle distance and the results of a 12-minute test in swimming by K. Cooper.The results are presented in Tables 2 and 3.

Data from Table 2 indicate that the results of overcoming the control distance of 50 meters by students of the experimental group are significantly higher than the control (p<0.05). This indicates a higher swimming readiness level of students in the experimental group.

The results of a 12-minute swimming test by K. Cooper showed that the students of the experimental group covered a distance of 478.3±38.8 meters in 12 minutes. It estimates their physical performance by 4±0.49 points. In the control group of women, the same indicator is on 382.6±34.3 meters. It estimates their physical performance by 3.09±0.51 points. The men of the experimental group covered a distance of 595±50.97 meters in 12 minutes. The control group covered a distance of 84 meters less. That makes it possible to estimate their physical performance by only 3.05±0.22 points (Table 3).

Thus, the students of the experimental group during the course significantly improved their swimming fitness compared to the students of the control group.

Table 2.

Comparison of the overcoming time to the 50 meters distance by the chosen method by the control and experimental groups students at the end of the experiment

Table 3.

Comparison of the swimming readiness results (according to the test of K. Cooper) of the control and experimental groups students at the end of the experiment

4 Conclusions

The study shows that the modern approach to the process of physical education, using a wide range of synchronized swimming exercises, contributes to the formation of sustainable swimming skills to ensure full-fledged social and professional-applied activities. It increases overall physical fitness and satisfies the interests of the discipline “Physical culture and sport” among students. In addition, the developed methodology can be widely used in the practice of physical culture and health activities and the organization of a healthy lifestyle of students.


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All Tables

Table 1.

Means of synchronized swimming, used in experimental group

Table 2.

Comparison of the overcoming time to the 50 meters distance by the chosen method by the control and experimental groups students at the end of the experiment

Table 3.

Comparison of the swimming readiness results (according to the test of K. Cooper) of the control and experimental groups students at the end of the experiment

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