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. 2, February

A Casting Call for Dance Scholars
Imagine opening a professional journal with the expectation of reading a dance or dance-related article only to find a blank page. Of course, that will never happen, but it concerns me that dance continues to lag behind other professional fields in...
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Camp Thunderbird: Taking Flight with Dance and Physical Education for Special Populations: This Summer Enrichment Program Improved Participants' Social Skills through Movement Forms and Performance
The importance of inclusion of all children in schools has prompted dance and physical educators to take a closer look at students with special needs. This "closer look" was one of the driving forces behind the creation of Dallas-based Camp Thunderbird...
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Coaching the Vegetarian Athlete: Ensure That Your Athletes Have the Fuel They Need for Peak Performance
Good nutrition is important for optimal health, growth, and athletic performance in adolescent athletes (ages 13-18 years; Steen, 1996). Adolescent athletes often depend on their coaches for nutritional information (Scofield & Unruh 2006) on weight...
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Creative Movement as a Stress-Reduction Intervention for Caregivers: Inclusive Dance Is Not Only for Persons with Disabilities-It's for Those Who Care for Them as Well
Experience and observation throughout the years has revealed the healing power of creative movement improvisations. For example, Evelyn de la Tour, a modern dance teacher in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., in the mid-1900s, used improvisation activities...
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Eliminating Sports for Title IX Compliance
Equity in Athletics v. Department of Education 675 F. Supp. 2d 660 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 121275 December 30, 2009 On September 29, 2006, James Madison University (JMU) decided to eliminate seven men's sports and three women's sports in...
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How Do You Envision the State of K-12 Physical Education in 2020?
With the obesity rate on the rise, physical education needs to regain its focus on the physical aspect of the subject matter. I envision K-12 physical education in the year 2020 incorporating much more technology into the curriculum, which will increase...
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Just Because You Are Older Doesn't Mean You Have to Give Up Sport
Advocacy for physical activity across the lifespan is a priority in the mission statement of the American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR). As a large segment of the United States population ages, it is even more important to...
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Laura Mae Brown, 1917-2010
Laura Mae Brown, a service-oriented physical education professional, passed away at the age of 93 on May 13, 2010, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She served as president of the Missouri AHPER early on, as president of the Central District AHPER in 1968,...
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Meeting the Needs of Our Students Introduction: As a Comprehensive and Inclusive Art Form, Dance Can Be Experienced by All People
Dance is an individual and community art form that allows individuals to discover themselves and the world around them, while also learning discipline-based content knowledge, skills, and application. As a comprehensive and inclusive art form and physical...
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Proposed Strategies to Reduce Students' Body-Related Concerns in Physical Education: Reducing Students' Social Physique Anxiety May Help to Increase Their Participation
Research has shown that participation in physical education decreases from the beginning of high school to the end of high school (from 91% to 34%; Delva, Johnston, & O'Malley, 2007). This is unfortunate since physical education can provide the...
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Strategies for Teaching Dancers of All Abilities: Any Dance Can Be Modified to Include Students of All Abilities
As the dance class begins, the students form a circle and begin to move to the music. Some students do a small up-and-down knee bounce, others wave their arms side to side, and several nod their heads up and down to the beat of the music. They all...
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Teaching Water Activities in Secondary Physical Education
Secondary students are often taught the basic skills of swimming such as the front crawl, back stroke, breast stroke, and side stroke. These skills are necessary building blocks for students to become successful movers in the water. However, can teachers...
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The Adapted Dance Process Planning, Partnering, and Performing: Dance Allows Persons of All Abilities to Experience a Feeling of Wholeness and a Sense of Community
The dance process involves meeting psychological, social, and physical needs at multiple levels. Historically, many cultures danced to express emotion and used the body to connect with others by moving together to music and sounds; this is no different...
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The Difference in Leadership Behaviors When Teaching and Coaching
What Was the Question? Physical educators are often required to fulfill the role of both physical education teacher (PET) and coach. Some have argued that teaching and coaching are indistinguishable, so Kwan, Pyun, and Kim (2010) examined whether...
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Understanding Colorism and How It Relates to Sport and Physical Education: Color Stratification within Racial or Ethnic Groups Can Have Far-Reaching Implications
Discussions about skin color within sport and physical education often revolve around issues of racism and comparisons between racial and ethnic groups. It is rare to hear or read academic discourse that has a focus on issues pertaining to gradations...
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