A sharp mind struggles to function in a flabby body. Maybe this explains why people seem to be getting so much dumber and crazier over the years...
This, for some people at least, is why sports education is so crucial. Though it overlaps with physical education (and a degree in one enables you to do the work associated with the other), the emphasis is slightly different.
Broadly speaking, physical education concerns itself with promoting a healthy lifestyle in general. Sport education's goals are slanted towards fostering an enthusiasm for participating in active recreation. The benefits of this include not only exercise, but also values like teamwork, self-reliance, and resilience.
A degree in sports education primarily prepares a student for school-level teaching and coaching positions. As such, it includes modules like human development, curriculum design, and evaluation methods. Depending on which university you choose, you may have to complete an additional teacher certification course and internship before you can apply for a U.S. state teaching license. This can take up to a year, so factor this in when calculating how much less getting a degree in Europe will cost you.
The core education subjects are supplemented by training in biomechanics, injury prevention, and other exercise and health sciences. This portfolio of skills allows graduates to choose between applying for a teaching license in their state or pursuing careers in sports and fitness outside the school system.