Educators who view gym class as the last vestige of traditional teaching in an increasingly technology-rich environment might have to adjust their way of thinking.

Schools across the country are employing cutting-edge computer equipment to help high school students customize their workouts to fit the needs of their growing bodies and specific sports. But the technology is not just for athletes—physical education students also participate.

At the Naperville, Ill., Central High School in suburban Chicago, students receive detailed fitness evaluations, complete with health-risk assessments based on family history and physical data. They can tailor their...

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