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. 3, March

A Circle of Learning in Sport Instruction
How do students learn what they are supposed to do in a game situation? How do coaches and teachers structure practice sessions to make sure that everything is covered? How do they get their players to learn the skills and tactics they need in order...
And for Alcohol Education?
Similar failings were noted recently in certain educational efforts aimed at curbing excessive alcohol consumption among college athletes. According to a recent Harvard School of Public Health study published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise,...
Are You a "Transformational" Coach?
Little research has explored the leader behaviors that facilitate effective coaching. Most efforts to apply leadership theory to sport have yielded minimal success (Horn, 1992). Case (1987) suggested that while leader behavior is often discussed, it...
Back to the Drawing Board for Tobacco Education
What do schools need in order to implement effective smoking-prevention programs for their students? Apparently, 16 years and $15 million is not enough. Since 1984, 40 school districts in Washington state have conducted a large-scale educational campaign...
Balance and Mobility Training for Older Adults an Undergraduate Service-Learning Experience
Fall-related injuries result in billions of dollars in healthcare costs each year. Ninety percent of the hip fractures and 50 percent of the vertebral fractures reported each year occur as a result of falls. Over the past decade, numerous balance-training...
Ergonomics in the Computer Age
With so much attention focused on computer-related workplace injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and debilitating neck and back strain, it is easy to forget that schools are on the road to becoming similarly hazardous work environments for students...
Expeditionary Learning an Alternative Teaching Method for Physical Education
Expeditionary learning and physical education are a natural fit. Both are characterized by hands-on physical activities, skill development, character development, teamwork, and competition (Bushweller, 1997). In addition, students experience "challenge...
Get the Gold: A Physical Educator's Guide to Grant Writing
As we enter the 21st century, there is increasing pressure on public schools and teachers to demonstrate student competence. Numerous states and individual school systems currently use end-of-year tests to measure the progress of their students. These...
In the Hope of Reducing Violence, Should More Schools Require Spectator Silence at Interscholastic Sport Competitions?
Recently, various youth-sports leagues have experimented with "Silent Sundays" or other spectator-silence measures to control the inappropriate behaviors of parents and fans. As a former public school teacher and coach, I have witnessed overzealous...
Letters
Athletes, Asthma, and Doping In the November/December 2000 issue of JOPERD, the editors reported the high prevalence of asthma among U.S. Olympic athletes ("News," p. 9). I think the editors and/or the people at the University of Iowa who conducted...
Planning for Emergencies in Aquatics
Cater v. City of Cleveland Supreme Court of Ohio 697 N.E.2d 610 Decided August 19, 1998 Aquatic activities are extremely popular in the United States. In fact, recreational swimming was the most popular participation sport in the country...
Strength Training and Children's Health
Children need to participate regularly in physical activities that enhance and maintain cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health. While children have traditionally been encouraged to participate in aerobic activities such as swimming and bicycling,...
Tracking the Long-Term Benefits of Physical Education
Shephard and Trudeau (2000) provided a review of studies that have attempted to track the influence of physical education on adult physical-activity patterns. Relatively few studies have evaluated the benefits of high-quality physical education programs...
Using Instructional Software to Meet National Physical Education Standards
Numerous research studies (e.g., Kromhout & Butzin, 1993; Kulik, 1994) have found that learning time is reduced and mastery increased for students who use multimedia instructional programs in subjects ranging from language arts to science. These...
Verbal and Visual Teaching Cues for Tennis
Clear communication skills during instructions, explanations, demonstrations, and feedback are important elements of effective teaching. When teaching sport skills, many physical educators tend to give too much information to students. Teachers should...