JOPERD--The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance

The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD) is a monthly journal owned and published since 1896 by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD) headquartered in Reston, Va. JOPERD is AAHPERD's largest, most frequently published, and most wide-ranging periodical. It is AAHPERD's cornerstone journal, reaching 12,000+ members and subscribers, providing information on a variety of health, physical education, recreation and dance issues. Subscribers are professionals supporting those involved in physical education, leisure, fitness, dance, health promotion, sport and education—all specialties related to achieving a healthy lifestyle. The region covered by this journal is the US.Recent issues of JOPERD have included articles on teaching strategies, fitness, legal issues, assessment, dancing, teacher education, adapted physical education, leisure for older adults, the use of technology, and ethics and gender equity in sports and physical education. In January 2002, JOPERD featured an article on the benefits of physical exercise in reducing breast cancer risk. In April 2007, JOPERD ran a series of articles on obesity, including the mental aspects of obesity, early childhood obesity intervention and online sources of information on the epidemic. In October 2009, JOPERD included an article on the gender gap in youth sports, particularly in urban communities. This was based on the results of Go Out and Play: Youth Sports in America, a comprehensive study based on two nationwide surveys of youth sports participation. Michael T. Shoemaker is the Editor, and Laura Stecker is the Associate Editor. Contributing editors are Derrick Mears, Ferman Konukman, Thomas H. Sawyer and Susan F. Ayers.

Articles from Vol. 74, No. 4, April

After-School Recreation in Rural Settings: A Successful Partnership
After-school programs have improved children's behavior and increased the rate of homework completion (Hamilton & Klein, 1998), and they have reduced parental stress by providing children with safe and stimulating environments (Fletcher, 1999),...
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Analysis in Wonderland: Wickets and Winners in Elementary School Physical Education
Physical activity provides both immediate and future benefits for children, and recent documents clearly point out the importance of school physical education in helping children reach the nation's goals for physical activity (U.S. Department of Health...
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Assessing the Affective Domain
This article focuses on the assessment and grading of student behavior in physical education. It explores the issue of how teachers should assess skilled students who disrupt the learning environment. A review of the literature revealed that some...
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Climbing Mount Everest: A New Challenge for Physical Education Adventure Education
One of the most difficult challenges physical educators face is motivating their students to participate in the day's activities. All too often, physical education programs overemphasize team sports. This emphasis may produce an intimidating environment...
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Community-Based Physical Activities for Elementary Students
The U.S. Congress recognized the importance of early plan ning for post-school life when it passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments of 1997 (IDEA 1997; P. L. 105-17, 20 U.S.C. section 1400 et seq. [1997]). The amendments require...
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Conferences & Workshops
June 6-7, 2003. The Recruiters Institute XI, Chicago, IL. In its 11th year, this college athletic-recruiting seminar will feature dynamic speakers from nationally prominent men's and women's programs. For more information, or to register, call Steve...
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Gyms Becoming More Inclusive. (News)
The Americans with Disabilities Act grants people with disabilities the right to use commercial gyms and health clubs across the country, but until recently, very few facilities offered programs or equipment that served the needs of people with physical...
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Martial Arts: An Exciting Addition to the Physical Education Curriculum
In recent years many elementary and secondary school physical educators have incorporated a variety of lifelong fitness activities into their curriculum. These individually oriented activities are both exciting and stimulating for their students, as...
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Participation in Extracurricular Physical Activity in Middle Schools. (Research Works)
There are various guidelines for the amount of physical activity that young people need in order to reduce health risks. One of the objectives of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1996) is to increase the proportion of people six years...
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Psychosocial Stress and Injury in Dance
Dancers incur injuries at a relatively high rate (Mainwaring, Kerr, & Krasnow, 1993; Patterson, Smith, Everett, & Ptacek, 1998; Sohi & Bowling, 1990). Dance is a physically demanding activity, which makes life highly stressful for professional...
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Runn!ng for Life: An Elementary Fitness Program. (Teaching Tips)
Editor: Susan C. Petersen Over the past 30 years, the percentage of young people who are overweight has more than doubled. In an article entitled Improving Nutrition and Increasing Physical Activity, CDC personnel report that between 10 percent...
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Should Physical Education Programs Incorporate a "Free Friday" or Weekly "Play Day"? (Issues)
Free Fridays and weekly play days have no place in a physical education program. Physical education teachers need to conduct structured programs while using their class time wisely. The time spent in today's physical education classes is already short...
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Strength-Training Delays Osteoporosis. (News)
A well-balanced strength-training program can build bone mineral density (BMD) and help to prevent osteoporosis in postmenopausal woman, according to research conducted as part of the Bone, Estrogen, and Strength Training (BEST) Study. Researchers...
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The Title IX Commission's Flawed Lineup. (Editorial)
The Commission on Opportunities in Athletics, convened by the U.S. Department of Education to review Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and gender equity in college sports, has just completed the public phase of its work. The slate of recommendations,...
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Torts, Negligence, Duty, and Sports Injuries. (Law Review)
Editor: Thomas H. Sawyer Jaworski V. Kiernan Supreme Court of Connecticut 696 A.2d 332; 241 Conn. 399 June 17, 1997 The South Windsor, Connecticut, recreation department sponsors an outdoor, coed soccer league for adults. During a game...
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Two Reports Come out of Title IX Commission. (News)
The Bush administration's Commission on Opportunities in Athletics finalized their work on Title IX and on February 26, 2003, submitted their final report to U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige for consideration. Due to the negative overall tone...
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