This excel worksheet reinforces the focus for students to know how to take their pulse. It is a template for all areas of sport and activity. I have used this lab in my jump rope, basketball and WOD lessons. I like this worksheet because it engages kids to work out at their own pace based on their heart rate. I have talked about resting heart rate with students but I have also just gone straight into this.
Students can find their pulse via an artery that passes close to the skin, such as your neck or wrist. Two methods for this are provided below:
How to find your pulse in your wrist
- Hold one of your hands out with the palm facing upwards and the elbow slightly bent
- Place your index (first) and middle fingers of your other hand on the inside of your wrist, just below the base of your thumb
- Press the two fingers lightly on your skin until you feel your pulse
- If you feel nothing, either press harder or search with your fingers for the artery and press again
- Do not press your thumb on your wrist because it has its own pulse, an artery goes through it
Count how many beats there are over a 6 second period and then add a zero at the end of the number. (E.g. if a student gets 12 they add a zero which would make it 120 beats per minute.
Your resting heart rate – this is your heartbeat (per minute) after you have been resting (sitting or lying still) for ten minutes.
Finding your pulse on your neck (carotid artery)
- You can also find your pulse by pressing the same two fingers on the side of your neck (carotid artery), beside your Adam’s apple in the hollow area.