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. 72, No. 6, August

Century Marathon: A Race for Equality in Girls' and Women's Sports
As the 20th century began, American girls and women who wished to participate in sport found themselves in a race that would prove to be more grueling than the actual marathons that females are running and setting records in today. At that time, many...
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Coaches and Injured Athletes
Injuries are an inevitable part of athletic participation, and when coaches are forced to assess such injuries due to a lack of immediately available medical personnel, they may be forced to make medical decisions that exceed their training. Ransone...
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Composing Dances with Children an Instructional Model
Perhaps the most powerful justification for including the arts in education is the development of children's creative abilities (Cornett & Smithrim, 20011). Most educators contend that "childhood is a time when creativity flourishes" (Jalongo &...
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Developing Quality Multiple-Choice Tests for Physical Education
A quality physical education program is one that emphasizes all three learning domains: the psychomotor, the affective, and the cognitive (National-Association for Sport and Physical Education [NASPE], 1995). The psychomotor domain has long been the...
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Digital Video Production in Physical Education and Athletics
Technology continues to advance rapidly; it seems like there is a new "toy" on the market every time you turn around. Separating the really useful tools from all the "bells and whistles" can be a difficult task. One area of technology that we have...
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Enhancing Content Literacy in Physical Education
Physical educators often object when their classes are used as laboratories for reading and writing instruction (O'Brien & Stewart, 1990) Tannehill, Romar, & O'Sullivan, 1994). Yet, their argument that class time should be used solely for movement...
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Incorporating the Outdoors in Physical Education
Are you getting bored with the traditional curriculum? I would like to suggest adding a little bit of the outdoors to your teaching material. Before you say that it is impossible due to time constraints, lack of funding, or some other reason, take...
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IOC Tightens Asthma Loophole
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) recently announced that beginning with the 2002 Winter Games, athletes will have to provide "clinical and laboratory proof of their ailment" to the IOC medical commission before receiving authorization to use...
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Letters
Ending the Dodgeball Debate Suddenly, the pages of major media outlets throughout the nation-both print and electronic-are filled with reports on the debate surrounding the use of dodgeball in physical education class. In my opinion, this debate...
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New Equipment Does Not Enhance Abdominal Exercises
New abdominal-exercise equipment seems to hit the market very frequently nowadays, making it more difficult than ever for consumers to determine the most effective program for strengthening and shaping their stomach muscles. Fortunately, the American...
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Recognizing Movement Injuries in Children
Most children seem to have a natural desire to be active and to explore new experiences. Their rapidly developing bodies provide ever-increasing opportunities to challenge the limits of their motor abilities. In addition to their physical education...
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Reporting Grades for Students with Disabilities in General Physical Education
Thousands of students with disabilities are now being included in general physical education classes across the U.S. Along with determining ways to modify activities so that these students can participate safely and successfully, general physical educators...
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Should K-12 Physical Educators Seek Aid for Their Programs, or Does This Raise Ethical Objections?
On the same day that received the March 2001 JOPERD containing this question, I attended a professional meeting at which copies of the spring 2001 issue of The Humanitarian (the magazine of the American Red Cross) were distributed. One major feature...
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Skating and Protective Equipment
Hughes v. Wadsworth City School District Civil Action No. 2961-M Court of Appeals of Ohio Ninth Appellate District 2000 Ohio App. LEXIS 1271 Decided March 29, 2000 In-line and roller skating are among the most popular recreational and...
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Strategies for Reducing Criminal Violence among Athletes
Criminal violence outside of competition is a growing problem among athletes from the professional level down to youth sports. This article will deal with criminal violence in the personal lives of athletes rather than the violent actions that commonly...
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