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. 71, No. 5, May

Action Research: Dance Improvisation as Dance Technique
For several years I have been thinking about dance improvisation as a technique in its own right--that is, as a movement form that depends on the mastery of a particular set of skills that imply and reveal a particular aesthetic. Improvisation eludes...
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Active-Learning Strategies for HPER
Today's secondary physical educators no longer teach exclusively in the gymnasium or on the playing field; rather, they are returning to the classroom to provide a more comprehensive curriculum. The goal of many physical education programs is to provide...
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Aquatic Facility Safety and Responsibility
Dameron and Gasaway v. City of Scottsburg, Indiana and First Christian Church, Inc. 36 F. Supp. 2d 821 (1998) At the beginning of the 1995 pool season, a daycare program operated by the First Christian Church made arrangements with the city of Scottsburg,...
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Exercise and Adolescent Weight Management
In this study, Epstein and Goldfield (1999) reviewed 13 articles, (from several different journals) directly related to obesity and exercise in adolescent populations. As physical activity professionals, we have all learned that caloric expenditure...
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How Could Physical Educators Be Better Trained to Use Qualitative Analysis in Their Classes?
Improving competence in qualitative analysis requires the introduction and integration of several critical elements within the preservice physical education curriculum. These elements include: * introducing movement observation using a qualitative-analysis...
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Individualized Bicycle Design
That flashy new bicycle may be a state-of-the-art machine, but it can do more harm than good if it hasn't been custom-fitted to its owner's dimensions. Minor adjustments (e.g., to seat height or handlebar length) may not be able to compensate for basic...
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Movement Subcultures: Sites for Meaning
Physical education theorists have long believed that meaning holds an important key to success in professional practice (Hellison & Templin, 1991; Jewett & Bain, 1985; Metheny, 1968; Siedentop, 1994). Even though they may fight over pedagogical...
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The Games Students Play: Management Strategies for Physical Education
In last month's JOPERD, we presented ideas for selecting, organizing, and teaching games to children (Humphries & Ashy, 2000). In this article, we will be sharing management ideas that we have found to be similarly useful in elementary physical...
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The Role of Homework in Helping Students Meet Physical Education Goals
While homework has long played a vital role in many school subjects (e.g., see Corno, 1996; Doyle & Barber, 1990), the same cannot be said of homework in physical education programs. Attention to the role of homework has only recently become more...
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The Use of Fitness Tests in PETE Programs
Historically, promoting physical fitness has been one of the cornerstones of the physical education profession (McCloy, 1940), and for good reason; as Dotson (1988) stated, "Physical fitness is a state of well-being that allows people to perform daily...
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Tracking Children's Caloric Expenditure in Physical Education
In recent years, the use of heart-rate monitors has become very popular in public school physical education settings. These monitors come in a variety of valid and reliable models, and teachers across the U.S. have been developing ways in which they...
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Using the Five-Step Strategy to Teach Motor Skills to Older Adults
One benefit of retirement is the increased time one has for recreation. Given all of this extra free time, many older adults begin to try new sports such as golf, lawn bowling, and tennis. Unfortunately, numerous investigations have determined that...
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