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. 81, No. 6, August

Ageless Considerations for the Ongoing Inclusion of Play, Recess, and Physical Education
Financial incentives stemming from the Race to the Top Assessment Program (U.S. Department of Education, 2010) have forced many school district leaders to scramble for additional academic learning time. Regretably, some principals will decrease or...
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Building Physical Education Knowledge and Understanding through Vocabulary Activities
Words and terms like "follow-through," "target heart rate," "torque," and "opposition" all have meaning and importance in physical education. Students in physical education need opportunities to learn specific content-area words like these to build...
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Is My Teaching Disturbing You? Strategies for Addressing Disruptive Behaviors in the College Classroom
Negative student behaviors need to be confronted, rather than ignored. Faculty in higher education are experiencing a new generation of college students referred to as Generation X (Gen-Xers) and Millennials. Gen-Xers encompass those who were born...
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Making Connections: Improving Movement Skills by Integrating Knowledge from Dance Disciplines
Dance specialist Rebecca Enghauser (2003) has emphasized that, in the dance class, motor learning begins when the student replicates the movements presented. Demonstration is usually a necessary accompaniment to verbal instructions, suggesting that...
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New Challenges in 21st-Century Dance Education
Dance students need diverse experiences to prepare them for a wide variety of career options. Today, the dance scene is quite different from how it was a century ago. Dance now permeates our life as individuals and as a society, in academic settings,...
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Self-Defense Education: Five Steps for Developing Awareness and Prevention Tactics
Self-defense consists of more than martial arts. The incorporation of a self-defense unit of study in secondary physical education programs is becoming common in 21st-century curricula. We are living in a world in which the threat of crime to oneself,...
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Should State High School Associations Establish Leagues for Disability Sports?
State high school associations and the National Federation of State High School Associations should do a number of things to ensure that students with disabilities have the same opportunities as their nondisabled peers to participate in interscholastic...
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Stadium Accommodations and JumboTrons
Paul Singleton and Shane Feldman, individuals who are deaf and hard of hearing (HOH) respectively, both attended several Washington Redskins home football games at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. Pro Football, Inc., owner and operator of the Washington...
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Strategies for Filling a Performance Gap between Practice and High-Level Competition
Practice should focus on more than skill acquisition; it should prepare athletes for real competition. Many athletes display great sport skills in noncompetitive situations such as during practice, but fail to successfully execute these same skills...
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Teaching Learning-Related Social Skills in Kindergarten Physical Education
Social growth is not an automatic result of participation in physical activity; it must be deliberately fostered. Physical education not only can help children to develop psychomotor skills, but it can provide psychological benefits through the...
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Technology Utilization: Thread It through the PETE Curriculum
The increased use of technology in the preparation of preservice physical education teachers--and all classroom teachers--has been prompted by the release of various professional standards that include technology as an essential component of teacher...
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The Relationship between Physical Fitness and Academic Achievement
What Was the Question? Among public school children in the Northeastern United States, is there a relationship between physical fitness and academic achievement? What factors play a role in the correlation between physical fitness and standardized...
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