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. 72, No. 2, February

A Study of Cooperating Teachers
Student teachers (STs) spend most of their time with cooperating teachers (CTs) rather than university supervisors. There is evidence that a strong bond often develops between STs and CTs as they share time and space, learn from one another, and work...
Child Obesity-What Can Schools Do?
The blame for many of the problems facing children in this country is often placed, however unfairly, on the public school system. It comes as no surprise, then, that schools are being faulted as a contributing factor in the near-epidemic rates of...
Developing a Collegiate Aquatics Program
Aquatics programs have been part of the curricula of most post-secondary physical education programs for decades. With the recent shift away from required physical education classes at most institutions, however, aquatics classes have suffered. Collegiate...
Does Heavy Training Impede Children's Growth?
While the potential injuries faced by Little League pitchers may come as news to some, many researchers have long believed that the far more intense environment of competitive-sports-training can have detrimental effects on children's development....
Establishing a Community in the Classroom
According to the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE, 1995), "American education is undergoing an unprecedented reform in an effort to ensure that graduates will be prepared to take their place in society and be able to compete...
Life after School: A Transition for Adapted Physical Educators
In 1990, Congress passed the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in order to make significant alterations to the Education of All Handicapped Act of 1975. For example, IDEA redefined the purpose and process of the Individualized Education...
Managing Success for Motivated Student Learning in Secondary Physical Education
Jim's football players have worked hard for weeks to prepare for the new season. Each day, they have come eager and ready to learn and practice new plays and improve their skills. He encourages them to focus on improving a single skill each day and...
Preventing Pitching Injuries in Little League
Little League pitchers love to emulate their professional counterparts on the mound. Unfortunately, they often strive for the power of pro hurlers without first learning the techniques that produce such power. This sometimes results in injuries with...
Promoting Your Physical Education Program
It is well known that in the competitive environment in which educational priorities are decided, parents and politicians are eager to abandon programs that do not seem to fulfill worthwhile purposes (Banach & Frye, 1996). The problem with eliminating...
Recreational Immunity
Meyer v. School District of Colby, Wausau Underwriters Insurance Company and Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc. Supreme Court of Wisconsin 595 N.W.2d 339 June 18, 1999 On the evening of September 9, 1996, the plaintiff, Diane Meyer,...
Should K-12 Physical Educators Make More Use of Technology in Their Classes?
The answer is a resounding yes! But not at the expense of their content. Given the many projects and presentations done on the computer, and the mobility of physical education classes, physical education departments should have an LCD video projector...
Student-Created Case Studies for Teacher Education
Teaching physical education is a challenging experience. The unique nature of the learning environment and the varied skill levels of the students can be intimidating to a preservice teacher. Practicum and field-experience requirements alone can be...
Using Cooperative Learning Structures in Physical Education
Cooperative learning is a way of thinking about and implementing physical education that leads to improvements in both teaching and learning. It is defined as small-group instruction and practice that uses positive student interactions as a means of...
Using Mental Imagery to Enhance Children's Motor Performance
Mental imagery is the process of "mentally recreating or creating an experience by using images and a variety of senses" (Kenitzer & Briddell, 1991, p. 5). In sport, it is used by athletes of all ages and abilities for a number of purposes. Research...
Using Team Portfolios in a Sport Education Season
The purpose of this article is to describe an initial attempt to introduce team portfolios into a volleyball activity class for preservice physical education teachers using the "sport education" approach (Siedentop, 1994). Melograno's (1998) suggestion...