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. 8, October

Achieving Competency and Proficiency in Physical Education
Standard one: A physically educated person demonstrates competency in many movement forms and proficiency in a few movement forms. Standard one is the heart of physical education, the one requirement that differentiates physical education from all...
Adequate Equipment and Supervision
Lynch v. Board of Education of Collinsville Community School District No. 10 Supreme Court of Illinois 412 N.E. 2d 447 September 15, 1980 Cynthia Lynch, the plaintiff, was playing quarterback on the junior girls' "powder puff" football...
Applying Conceptual Learning to Physical Activity
Standard two: A physically educated person applies movement concepts and principles to the learning and development of motor skills. This standard requires students "to use cognitive information to understand and enhance motor skill acquisition...
Developing a Personal Philosophy of Sport
A moral crisis pervades sport in America in the new century (Coakley, 2001; Murphy, 1999; Quirk & Fort, 1999; Sperber, 1990, 1998). Sport is replete with individuals who have seemingly lost a sense of the value of human life, respect for others,...
Do Children Meet Existing Physical Activity Recommendations?
The fitness level of Americans has caused much concern since the 1960s, with a large portion of the populace still failing to embrace exercise as a primary component of optimal living (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 1996). As...
Fitness Routines for Directing Students toward a Physically Active Lifestyle
Standard three: A physically educated person exhibits a physically active lifestyle. The purpose of this article is to give physical educators a variety of ideas on how to help their students fulfill standard three (National Association for Sport...
Higher Cigarette Taxes Curb Smoking
Given the recent, highly publicized failures of certain education-oriented smoking-prevention programs (e.g., see "Back to the Drawing Board for Tobacco Education" in the March 2001 JOPERD, p. 14), state and federal legislators are looking for alternative...
Increasing Collaboration in Elementary Methods Courses
Collaboration between K-12 schools and universities is the only way to make certain that prospective teachers truly receive the education they need. At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), the elementary physical education methods...
Planning and Documenting Consultation in Adapted Physical Education
The past 10 years have seen a clear shift in the role of adapted physical education (APE) specialists. In the 1970s and '80s, APE specialists were primarily responsible for direct service to students with disabilities, either in special schools or...
Playgrounds: Not All Fun and Games
A child who falls from playground equipment is more likely to be seriously injured than a child who is involved in a car crash. This startling statistic-from a study published in the July 2001 issue of Ambulatory Pediatrics-is simply the latest to...
Play Now, Play Later Lifetime Fitness Implications
It is unfortunate that while children have long been the most active and physically fit segment of our society, the majority of adults are now completely sedentary or seriously under-active (Blair, Clark, Cureton, & Powell, 1989). With this in...
Should the Physical Education Grade Be Included in a High School Student's GPA?
Writing as a university-level teacher-educator, I feel it is critical to the future of our K-12 physical education programs that the physical education grade be included in the high school GPA. My recommendation is qualified, however, by several prerequisites...
Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks: Retraining Fundamentals in Experienced Athletes
As coaches are aware, many high school and college athletes develop faulty mechanics in fundamental sports skills. Attempting to retrain these athletes late in their athletic career can be challenging, frustrating, and emotionally charged. Coaches...
Teaching Students to Achieve and Maintain a Health-Enhancing Level of Physical Fitness
Standard four: A physically educated person achieves and maintains a health-enhancing level of physical fitness. In this article, standard four (National Association for Sport and Physical Education [NASPE], 1995) is discussed in the context of...
Using Digital Cameras to Assess Motor Learning
One major part of education reform in many states is the integration of new assessment techniques and technology into the classroom. While both areas are essential, many physical education teachers struggle with them due to time and financial limitations....
Using the NASPE Content Standards
Introduction There is no magic formula or step-by-step recipe to follow for designing instruction that will ensure student learning. In fact, instruction is most effective when it is adapted to the context in which we teach and to the students whom...