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. 82, No. 1, January

Anthony A. Annarino, 1923-2010
Anthony A. Annarino--AAHPERD president from 1985 to 1986-was born in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, home of the 120-year tradition of groundhog Punxsutawney Phil's annual prognostication of the arrival of spring. Tony Annarino, known by all as a first-class...
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Compass Games: An Introduction to Orienteering Skills
These cross-disciplinary activities add some "adventure" to traditional physical education classes. Imagine. There you are, dropped in the middle of a forest in Montana--abandoned. Your cell phone has no reception, and the battery is almost dead....
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It's True: All the World Really Is a Stage!
I am lucky: I have always known that was a dancer and have always been inspired. The world, and everything in it, has truly been my stage. When I was young, inspiration was never a big deal. It came from the sheer joy of movement through space by...
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New Books
Assistive Technology for Young Children: Creating Inclusive Learning Environments Kathleen C. Sadao & Nancy B. Robinson Paul H. Brookes, paper with CD-ROM, 256 pp., $39.95 Ballroom! Obsession and Passion Inside the World of Competitive...
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Perspectives on Inclusion from Students with Disabilities and Responsive Strategies for Teachers: Knowing How Students with Disabilities View Inclusion Can Help Teachers Identify Ways to Improve the Physical Education Environment
Jeremiah, a fourth grader who has spina bifida, uses a wheelchair and therefore has a very strong upper body. He is an active boy and loves to play four-square at the playground, shoot hoops, and play baseball in his cul-de-sac with his friends. During...
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Physical Education Does Not Adversely Affect After-School Fitness Performance
What Was the Question? Some coaches have held the belief that adolescent athletes' participation in physical education on the same day as after-school practice or competition may decrease performance. Based on this assumption, some physical education...
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Previewing: A Successful Strategy for Students with Autism: Giving a Brief Overview of Each Physical Education Class before It Occurs Can Benefit All Students
Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are the fastest-growing population of students with disabilities (Autism Society of America, 2003). Recent legislation, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) of 2004,...
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Rise in Adult Obesity Rates
Since JOPERD last reported on the F as in Fat data (October, 2007), the obesity epidemic in the United States has continued to worsen. According to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2010--the seventh annual report examining obesity...
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Should PETE Programs Also Prepare Their Students for Jobs outside the K-12 Teaching Setting?
As today's market for new teachers continues to dwindle and university PETE programs are under scrutiny, it is only logical for programs such as parks and recreation, YMCAs, community centers, and Boys and Girls Clubs to employ our professionals. Exposure...
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Task Progression in Early Field-Teaching Experience: Teaching Experiences for PETE Students Can Be Extended Much like Skill Progressions in Physical Education
More than two decades ago, Shulman (1986) proffered seven categories of knowledge required for teaching: (1) content; (2) general pedagogy; (3) curriculum; (4) students and their characteristics; (5) educational contexts; (6) educational ends, purposes,...
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Teaching Dribbling to Elementary Physical Education Students
In elementary physical education, many if not all skills can be broken down or extended, so that all students can work on the skill at their own level. Elementary physical education lays the foundation for developing skills that will later be needed...
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The Liability of Marathon Organizers
On June 21, 1998, Richard Saffro ran in a marathon organized and conducted by Elite Racing, Inc. Elite Racing, founded in 1988, is a sport marketing and management company that organizes large-scale running events throughout the country. Saffro ran...
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Video Podcasting in Physical Education: This Method Can Expand the Use of Visual Demonstrations for Teaching and Practicing Movement Skills
The term "video podcasting" can be both intimidating and exciting. It might sound like something only the technologically savvy know how to do, and it is evident that "digital native" students love it. This "how to" article will attempt to bridge the...
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Virtual Physical Education in the K-12 Setting
As education evolves, the traditional K-12 school setting as we know it is changing before our eyes. The increased emphasis on individual student achievement and the emergence of web-based instruction tools are boosting the creative ways in which we...
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Workbooks in Physical Education: A Guide to Their Creation and Use
Although uncommon in physical education, workbooks have the potential to facilitate cognitive learning and increase motivation. Have you ever used a workbook in your physical education class? Although many of us have encountered workbooks in different...
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