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. 73, No. 2, February

Automated External Defibrillators in Sport, Physical Education and Recreation Settings: Emerging Litigation. (Law Review)
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) causes approximately 250,000 deaths per year in the United States. It occurs when the heart stops beating or fails to function well enough to pump blood throughout the body. The potential for SCA to occur in sport and recreational...
Box Jumping: A Bone-Building Exercise for Elementary School Children
Osteoporosis, a disease characterized by low bone mass, afflicts over 10 million individuals in the United States (NIH Consensus Development Panel, 2001). The maximum amount of bone mineral accumulated in one's lifetime--peak bone mass--is usually...
Community Service-Learning Projects for Undergraduate Recreation Majors
Community service-learning is currently a hot topic in the field of education. It is based on the concept of experiential learning, which was developed out of John Dewey's (1938) belief that all genuine education comes through experience. Keeping in...
Integrating Elementary Physical Education and Science: A Cooperative Problem-Solving Approach
Every day, children are asked to make connections between the information they learn in school and the outside world. For instance, if they want to buy something at the store, build a car for a soapbox derby, or measure the correct amount of chemicals...
Michigan Gender-Equity Case Decided. (News)
The U.S. Federal District Court in Kalamazoo recently reached its long-awaited decision in a Michigan gender-equity lawsuit. Judge Richard A. Enslen ruled that the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) discriminates against female athletes...
Minority Children Have Highest Overweight Rate and Lowest Fitness Rate. (News)
The percentage of significantly overweight children in America increased at an epidemic rate in the 12 years from 1986 to 1998, according to a study published in the December 12 Journal of the American Medical Association. Though the continually increasing...
Play Areas and the ADA: Providing Access and Opportunities for All Children
All children deserve the right to play. But, for many children with disabilities, this right has been denied through the way play areas are designed. With the advent of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the theoretical right of children...
Shape of the Nation Report Available. (News)
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) recently released the latest Shape of the Nation Report, based on its survey of the status of physical education in America's educational system. The purpose of the survey was to determine...
Should HPERD Professionals Be Involved in After-School Programs? (Issues)
Asking whether we professionals should be involved in after-school programs is like asking whether a health-care professional should be involved in a clinic. Of course we and they should be involved. I not only feel that we should be involved, we...
Student Choice Makes a Difference in Physical Education
How do physical educators reach those students who dislike physical activity? How do they motivate those students who are already active to remain active? How do factors such as enjoyment, health benefits, and choice affect the participation levels...
The Games of Life: Integrating Multicultural Games in Physical Education. (Teaching Tips)
Visualize a global-based physical education curriculum of the future that encourages all students to have some knowledge of world cultures and an in-depth knowledge of at least one culture other than their own (Jewett, Bain & Ennis, 1995). Exposure...
Transition to Teaching: Putting Your Best Foot Forward Part 2
Part one of this two-part article, published in the January issue, addressed the preliminary documentation aspects of the job-hunting process. Part two continues by providing guidance on the more "interactive" components. These include: (1) the application...
Weight Loss at a Cost: Implications of High-Protein, Low-Carbohydrate Diets
Promoters of high-protein, low-carbohydrate (HPLC) diets claim that they can guarantee quick weight loss. Introduced by Robert Atkins in 1972, this type of diet achieved considerable popularity at first, but its popularity soon declined as people failed...
Why Female Athletes Quit: Implications for Coach Education. (Research Works)
With increasing numbers of females participating in sports and the benefits derived from participation well-documented, it is essential for preservice and inservice coaches to recognize the roles they play in encouraging or discouraging female athletes'...