Back in the day when Ike was president, he became worried about the general physical wellbeing of America’s youth. So, he instituted a study to see how they fared. It was not well. As a result he instituted a series of steps to upgrade their physical wellbeing.
The main one was a physical exercise test in school that in some form every child was to take the program and pass. I can remember the entire class being brought into the school gym once or twice a semester and tested.
There was another part that had to do with the sports program in school was to be improved but do not have much of a memory of that part.
However, over the years physical training and sports have been whittled down for some sort of psychobabble or another. Parallel has been a growing influence of TV, computers, cell phones and etc. The result is starting to surface: