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. 83, No. 6, August

Addressing Occupational Stress in Dancers
Dancers in professional companies and nonprofessional dancers on teams, in universities, and in civic companies need programs to relieve occupational stress. For professionals or professionals in training, in particular, dance is a physically demanding...
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Can Strong Really Be the New Skinny?
I recently came across the saying "Strong Is the New Skinny" under the picture of an extremely fit woman in a pose that requires a great deal of strength. As a woman who has worked in the fitness industry and taught physical education, I found that...
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Can Teachers Increase Student Self-Regulation in Elementary Physical Education?
What Was the Question? Kolovelonis, Goudas, Hassandra, and Dermitzaki (2012) examined the effectiveness of the socialcognitive model of self-regulated learning development, an instructional approach for teaching sport skills in elementary school...
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Certification and Duties of a Director of Physical Activity: Physical Educators Need Training to Fulfill Their New Role
The media coverage about childhood obesity initially appeared to sensationalize the issue. Yet, the evidence of the health risks associated with the increasing incidence of overweight and obesity makes it clear that obesity could cripple the current...
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Conducting a Community-Based Experiential-Learning Project to Address Youth Fitness: The Chase Charlie Races Can Serve as a Model for Your Own Community-Based Events
There is an ongoing need to foster community-based experiential-and service-learning opportunities across physical education, recreation, dance, and sport. Service-learning is not a new phenomenon to these various disciplines. For example, it has been...
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Contacting Guest Speakers
One important responsibility Li of physical education and health teachers in a K-12 setting is to expand the understanding and knowledge of students in their classes. Physical educators are trained in disciplines such as pedagogy, physical fitness,...
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Creatine and the Male Adolescent Athlete: In Sports, It's Better Not to Eat Your PEAs
Sports are becoming an increasingly large part of American society. From 1997 to 2008, the number of youth athletes rose from nearly 33 million to 44 million (National Council of Youth Sports, 2008). This trend held consistent at the collegiate level...
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Integrating Therapy Dog Teams in a Physical Activity Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Therapy-Dog-Assisted Interventions Provide Physical, Social, and Emotional Benefits for Children with Disabilities
Sam is an 11-year-old boy who looks just like other boys of his age. However, he has Asperger syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder that is one of the autism spectrum disorders (ASD). While behaviors in this population vary widely, children with...
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LeRoy T. Walker, 1918-2012: Excellence without Excuse
Dr. LeRoyT. Walker, an outstanding HPER teacher, inspirational coach, and dedicated administrator, died on April 23, 2012, at age 93. He was the Alliance president from 1977 to 1978, and a recipient of the AAHPERD Honor Award in 1972, the Gulick Medal...
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Physical Activity before and after School: More Than Ever, Kids Need a Safe Environment for Physical Activity
Before- and after-school programs (BASPs) offer an excellent opportunity for children to accumulate health-enhancing physical activity (PA), which is why they are one of the five components of a Comprehensive School Physical Activity Program (CSPAP;...
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Physical Activity during the School Day: Physical Activity Breaks Can Help Children Learn
Enrique Vasquez has physical education for 40 minutes every third school day in second grade, while his older sister Litzi, who is in sixth grade, does not have any physical education at all. Physical education classes at Enrique's elementary school...
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Should Physical Education Teacher Education Include Coaching Education?
I served as a physical education teacher and coach for 20 years before entering higher education, and I believe that coaching education should be required for all physical education teacher education (PETE) students. Regardless of whether or not a...
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Standing on the Shoulders of a Giant-A Personal Perspective
Dr. LeRoy Walker will long be remembered for his contributions to the world. Who was this man? From my perspective, Dr. Walker was a man who made a powerful difference in the world of athletics and in the profession of health, physical education, recreation,...
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The Role of Directors of Comprehensive School Physical Activity Programs-Part 1: Changes in the Profession Give Physical Educators More Opportunities to Make a Difference
It is clear that the United States has an obesity crisis. What is less clear is what to do about it and, more specifically, what the role of schools and physical educators should be in promoting physical activity and preventing obesity and its related...
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Watch Your Step: Uneven Floors Can Leave You Liable
On March 24, 2006, Alexander Turk, a high school senior at West borough High School in Massachusetts, was attempting to squat approximately 400 pounds in the school's weight room. As he hoisted the massive load onto his shoulders, his foot got caught...
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