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John M. Dunn

President-Elect of the Research Consortium

College of Health

University of Utah

I am very pleased to share with you the research abstracts for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance National Convention and Exposition to be held March 27-31,2001. The Research Consortium program is outstanding and continues the Alliance's commitment to research and the importance of sharing research findings that advance new ideas and understandings and help to shape the best practices.

This year the Research Consortium received 269 abstracts and 7 symposia for review in 12 disciplinary areas, including biomechanics, exercise physiology and fitness, health, leisure and recreation, measurement, motor behavior, pedagogy, psychology, sociocultural aspects of physical activity, sports medicine, and special populations. Consistent with past practices, each abstract and symposium was reviewed anonymously by a select group of peers. A total of 127 reviewers were involved in the process. The panel chairs and abstract reviewers for each of the areas are listed on pages A-14 and A-15 of this supplement. The panel chairs and reviewers deserve special acknowledgement for the quality of their work and the expedited manner in which the reviews were conducted.

The research program includes an exciting mix of symposia, programs, and poster presentations. The symposia include: acute effects of stretching on strength and power performance; using published physical activity fitness data; neuromuscular control in sport performance; educational reform, student achievement, and professional development; assessing motor skill performance and knowledge using portfolios; maintaining the spirit of the game from a female perspective; and measuring perceived exercise and physical activity barriers for individuals with disabilities. In addition, five poster presentations and seven free communications sessions will be offered.

One of the highlights of the AAHPERD annual convention is the invited lectures sponsored by the Research Consortium. This year's presenters continue the tradition of excellence associated with these lectures. The presenters include Steven N. Blair for the R. Tait McKenzie lecture, Amelia M. Lee for the Charles H. McCloy lecture and Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko for the Raymond A. …