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. 5, May

AAHPERD Presidential Citations
Dana D. Brooks has devoted his entire professional life to mentoring youths, with a special emphasis toward ethnic-minority boys and girls. He serves as the dean of the School of Physical Education at West Virginia University, where he has achieved...
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Can Physical Educators Do More to Teach Ethical Behavior in Sports?
I can think of a number of inspired American educators who paved the path towards embedding ethical behavior in sports. For example, Sharon Stoll's pioneering endeavors in Idaho dramatically show what can be achieved with vision and empirical exactness....
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Coaching Strategies for Youth Sports
Part 2. Personal Characteristics, Parental Influence, and Team Organization This is the second part of a discussion on youth sport coaching issues and strategies. In the previous issue of JOPERD, strategies used to address athlete behavior and athlete...
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Dance in an Age of Standardized Testing
How can public schools test student progress in arts subjects such as dance? Can they develop reliable standards for measuring creativity? Arts educators are grappling with such questions as support grows for standardized testing at the national and...
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Exercise Improves Immune Response
The prospect of helping frail seniors participate in regular exercise programs is sometimes viewed with trepidation, given the functional limitations of such individuals. Yet, a recent study has found that the physical activity levels of seniors may...
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Honor Awards
The Honor Awards are bestowed annually for meritorious service by members to the Alliance and to the professions represented. Recipients are designated as Honor Fellows in recognition of their high attainment. Christopher R. Edginton is a remarkable,...
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Jump Rope for Heart Recognition Awards
Adelaide V. Carpenter has taught physical education at Ravenel Elementary School in Seneca, South Carolina, for 27 years. She was the South Carolina Association for Physical Education and Sport (SCAPES) Teacher of the Year and the Southern District...
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Lateral Bias in Dance Teaching
Are you training right-biased dancers in your classes? Do all of your skills and combinations start on the right leg? Do you assume that students can automatically translate any combination to the other side? For the most part, humans are right-biased,...
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Living the Curriculum
Physical education teacher education (PETE) programs generally include activity courses in their core curriculum. These courses are intended to help preservice teachers acquire skill and content knowledge. Coaches or part-time faculty who are considered...
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Mabel Lee Awards
The Mabel Lee Awards recognize young members of the Alliance who have demonstrated outstanding potential in scholarship, teaching, and professional leadership. The quality of performance evidenced by recipients indicates that they will develop into...
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Making Intentional Choices in Physical Education
Choice day" or "free day" is a popular practice in many physical education programs across the country. The ideal rationale for its use is that it can foster social responsibility and promote individual decision-making by giving students a sense of...
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Mentoring Connections between Coaches and Female Athletes
"If adequate encouragement and support are not provided, women are more likely than men to retire prematurely from coaching." Thorngren (1990) More and more women are securing leading positions in business, politics, and education, yet the number...
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No Gym? No Problem!
Maintaining Quality Physical Education in Alternative Spaces Physical educators in elementary schools are very familiar with the many predictable and unpredictable situations in which they lose access to their regular instructional space. The ability...
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Promoting Collegial Relationships between Physical Educators and Other Faculty
A substantial body of research on schools has identified collegial relationships among teachers as a primary variable in the workplace. Class climate, in turn, has been shown to have considerable implications for student achievement (Little, 1987)....
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R. Tait McKenzie Awards
The R. Tait McKenzie Awards are bestowed annually by the Alliance to recognize members' distinguished service outside the Alliance framework, which nonetheless brings prestige, honor, and dignity to the Alliance. JoAnne L. Owens-Nauslar has a deep...
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Sports Participation and Ethnicity
Sports participation has long been thought to provide youths with a positive social environment and to foster basic values. Specifically, such participation is thought to provide the same benefits as regular exercise, along with team rules and principles...
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Teacher-Student Sexual Harassment
Gebser and McCullough v. Lago Vista Independent School District Supreme Court of the United States 524 U.S. 274; 118 S.Ct. 1989; 141 L.Ed. 2d 277 June 22, 1998 In the spring of 1991, when petitioner Alida Star Gebser was an eighth-grade...
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Vending Machines-Are They Worth It?
The cola-war front has extended into our schools, as principals face difficult decisions concerning the increasing presence of soft-drink-vending machines on their campuses. School officials have recently been contending with powerful pressure from...
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William G. Anderson Award
The William G. Anderson Award honors the founder of the Alliance by recognizing nationally known persons in the allied fields who are not members, but who have contributed significantly to HPERD professions and who reflect the Alliance commitment and...
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