Ipad Apps for Physical Education

In preparation for having some iPads at our disposal next term I’ve done some research into available apps and possible uses within Physical Education. I have only managed to trial free ones so far but will be purchasing some paid apps in Sept. In order to avoid wasting any money come September I’ve compiled a list from searching the app store and thinking through certain uses. It is by no-means exhaustive and as such please feel free to supplement the list and add any comments.

List of iPad apps

lessons for iPad – make flash cards/quizzes… (£5.99)

imuscle – allows users to identify and zoom into specific muscles in the body and shows exercises associated with building up that muscle (£1.19)

anxiety stop watch – app for managing anxiety. Good for A Level Sport Psychology when looking at mental preparation for sport (5.99)

iMC Calc for iPad (BMI Calculator) – useful when learning about BMI (£1.19)

1000 Exercises by Men’s Health & Women’s Health – training resources, workout creator, videos, ability to log training (£3.49)

BMI & Body fat Calculator – (Free)

CaloryGuard HD – calorie counting/tracking app (£2.39)

Go Meals HD – lots of nutritional information including calories & % carbs/fats/protein (Free)

WebMD for iPad – check symptoms, access drug & treatment info, get 1st aid essentials (Free)

MyNetDiary – food & exercise diary for iPad (£5.99)

Nutritional Facts for iPad – (£3.99)

Breathing Zone – Breathing exercises for relaxing-Sport Psychology (£1.19)

Memory App – useful when looking at Memory/Information Processinf in skill acquisition (A Level) (£0.59)


Easytag – code/tag aspects of lessons/matches-excellent for setting targets within lessons. It is a flexible tool which can record statistical data on anything-from the number of times an individual touches the ball in a football match to the number of times someone sprints in a lesson

SIX – New generation Batting – cricket batting coaching tool (£3.49)

ScreenChalk – allows you to draw on top of any video – performance analysis (£2.99) ***

PlaybookSoccer – create animated plays and replay in slow motion or real time (£3.99) ***

Score Keeper HD – keep score of any activity (£0.59)

iPlayBook Basketball – create images of plays in full or half court basketball (£1.19)

TennisMatte, FootballMatte, NetballMat, RugbyMat, FieldHocketMat, VolleyballMat – pitch for drawing plays on (£0.59 each)

Soccer Clipboard HD/Basketball Clipboard HD – tool for creating plays-image only (£0.59 each)

SportsBoard – create plays for a number of sports (£1.19)

Soccer Attack for iPad – attacking drills for football (£0.59)

CoachBoard – whiteboard app-football, basketball, ice hockey, american football (£2.39)

iCoach Soccer – track lineups, whiteboarding plays, select various formations (£2.99)

General Learning

Pages – for any form of word processing and document creation

Numbers – creating spreadsheets/graphs. e.g. for heart rate responses to different exercise intensities

Keynote – to create presentations – e.g. pupils create short presentations on skills learnt within PE

iCardSort – card sorting app which allows cards to be created and then sorted into order or groups

QuickVoice – simple sound recorder-great for students to log thoughts during lessons


46 responses to “Ipad Apps for Physical Education

  1. Hi,
    I’m the creator of iCardSort. Thanks for giving it a try. I’m glad people are finding it useful. There is a new version in the works and many more in its future. Thanks again.


  2. Hi Dylan,

    Thanks for considering PlaybookSoccer! Please let me know if you have any questions or feature requests when you do get a chance to try it out. The app is constantly improving as I hear back from Users with what they’d like to be able to do. It’s unfortunate that you are located in the UK, otherwise I’d be happy to provide you with a promo code to give the app a try. (Apple’s promo code system only works within the US.)

    Thanks again and good luck!

    Developer of PlaybookSoccer (iPad), PlaybookSoccer-To Go (iPhone)

  3. Hi Dylan,

    If you are still thinking of getting PlaybookSoccer, I just wanted to let you know that there’s a sale going on from now (8/27/2010) until next Monday (9/7/2010).


    Developer of PlaybookSoccer (iPad), PlaybookSoccer-To Go (iPhone)

  4. Dylan,

    are you able to export data from easy tag to a spreadsheet? I’ve tried it on iPhone but struggled to get it in a useful format. I’ll be interested in trying ipads in class now!


    • Jay,

      Data can be exported from easytag via email as a csv. file and opened in numbers but as you know is not in any usable format. It just gives a timeline of events which will take quite a bit of sorting to make any sense of. I just tend to use it as an instant feedback tool. e.g. use it to tag the number of times the team gets the ball wide if looking at using width in team games-then just reading the figures off. Would be nice if a frequency table was exported. Even better would be the ability to turn an event on and off so time in possession could be logged.


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  9. hi!

    I’m a university student at Cardiff University, I’m currently investigating IOS apps for primary school subjects. Within your study did you find any apps that would really stand out for younger children within primary schools? Mainly Physical Education; if you found any others which are ideal for other subjects your response will be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks
    Mike James

  10. Are there any apps that are useful for simply recording stats? for example: Name, Height, weight, Number of reps (pull ups, sit ups), Sit and reach test. Then enabling me to transfer that info into a table format….I want to compare my students testing results from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.

    • Hi Zach,

      thanks for the comment. I Haven’t come across any as yet but will keep an eye out & let you know if I find anything

  11. To Zach…..Fitnessgram has software that is accessable through the internet to record height, weight, pacer, sit and reach, sit ups, push ups, etc. If you have wireless, couldn’t you add the scores directly into the software program? Give it a try and hope this helps you out!
    Nancy Janas

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