Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES) is a quarterly professional journal published and owned by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (AAHPERD). Its editorial headquarters is in Reston, Va. This journal has been published since 1930. Offering the latest research in the art and science of human movement studies, RQES features articles and research notes encompassing such topic areas as biomechanics, epidemiology, motor behavior, measurement and evaluation, physiology, pedagogy, psychology and history/philosophy/sociocultural foundations. This journal is a go-to source for researchers and university students preparing for careers in exercise and sport science. Its region is the U.S. The journal publishes over 50 papers per year in four issues (March, June, September and December), an annual index (in the December issue) and an annual supplement, containing approximately 250 abstracts of presentations from the Research Consortium Conference of the AAHPERD National Convention and Exposition. In March 2005, RQES featured an article titled "Listening to the Voices: The Experiences of African American Female Student Athletes." Using data collected at a large Midwestern University, the study looked at the sport participation patterns of 12 African American female collegiate student athletes. In December 2006, RQES researched active and passive commuting to school to assess the effects walking farther to school had on primary school age kids. In June 2009, the journal included an article that explored whether adults involved in resistance training programs experienced and perceived changes in physical self-worth. Linda Topper is the Managing Editor and Publisher and Mark G. Fischman is Editor-in-Chief.

Articles from Vol. 72, No. 4, December

A 10,000-Step Count as a Physical Activity Target for Sedentary Women
Key words: pedometers, step counting, walking The physical activity recommendation--performing physical activity equal to 30 min of brisk walking on all or most days of the week--included in the Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and...
Acute Ballistic Muscle Stretching Inhibits Maximal Strength Performance
Key words: concentric contraction, flexibility, strength loss, warm up In the December 1998 issue of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, we presented data showing that acute static stretching of the hip, thigh, and calf muscles before the...
An Investigation of Commitment among Participants in an Extended Day Physical Activity Program
This study examined underserved youth participants' perceptions of commitment to an extended day physical activity program using Hellison's (1995) responsibility model. Seven participants ranging in age from 12 to 15 years participated in the study....
Attention and Motor Performance: Preferences for and Advantages of an External Focus
This study examined individual differences in the preference for and effectiveness of the type of attentional focus for motor learning In two experiments, participants practicing a balance task (stabilometer) were asked to find out whether focusing...
Description of an Expert Teacher's Constructivist-Oriented Teaching: Engaging Students' Critical Thinking in Learning Creative Dance
The focus of this study was to investigate how an expert teacher implemented constructivist-oriented teaching strategies to engage students' critical thinking skills in learning creative dance. The data were collected through videotaping 16 creative...
Examining the Specificity of Practice Hypothesis: Is Learning Modality Specific?
The specificity of practice hypothesis was examined using a tracking task. In Experiment 1, visual or auditory feedback about performance was provided. Vision was more useful than audition early in acquisition. Performance gains found in acquisition...
Fitness Portfolio Calibration for First-Through Sixth-Grade Children
The purpose of this study was to develop and calibrate health-related fitness portfolios for 1st-6th grade students using the many-faceted Rasch model, and examine advantages and disadvantages of a portfolio assessment system based on Rasch calibration....
Memory-Influenced Biases in Gymnastic Judging Occur across Different Prior Processing Conditions
Key words: evaluative judgments, levels of processing, transfer-appropriate processing Memories based on previous encounters with stimuli can interact with newly perceived information and lead to biased judgments. Such memory biases have been shown...
Social Support and Recovery from Sport Injury: Elite Skiers Share Their Experiences
Research suggests that social support can be an important coping resource for athletes recovering from sport injury. Few studies have investigated this claim, however. To address this gap in the literature, 10 elite downhill skiers who had recovered...
The Effects of a Motivational General-Mastery Imagery Intervention on the Sport Confidence of High-Level Badminton Players
A multiple-baseline across-participants design was used to examine the effects of a Motivational General-Mastery imagery intervention on the sport confidence of 4 high-level junior badminton players. Sport confidence data were collected once a week...
The Feldenkrais Method[R]: A Dynamic Approach to Changing Motor Behavior
This tutorial describes the Feldenkrais Method and points to parallels with a dynamic systems theory (DST) approach to motor behavior. Feldenkrais is an educational system designed to use movement and perception to foster individualized improvement...
Validating Motivational Readiness for Exercise Behavior with Adolescents
The stages of motivational readiness as conceptualized by the Transtheoretical Model have been widely used among adult samples to assess readiness for adopting exercise behavior. To date, little research has been conducted using a staging framework...