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. 71, No. 9, November

A Coherent PETE Program: Spectrum Style
Teacher education has been a source of considerable concern and debate since the quality of teaching within our nation's schools came under fire some 15 years ago. Many within the subsequent reform movement have wondered who prepares our teachers,...
Aqua Activities for High School Physical Education Classes
My student-teaching supervision has taken me to numerous school districts in Texas and New Mexico, and I have noticed that many schools have aquatics facilities on campus or have access to such facilities close enough for use by physical education...
Caloric Consumption and the Female Athletic Triad
Due to the increased opportunity to participate in sports (and the resultant pressure to succeed), more young women are suffering from the effects of the "female athletic triad"--the three-pronged effect of disordered eating, amenorrehea, and osteoporosis....
Current Status of Basic Instruction Programs in Physical Education at American Colleges and Universities
Physical education programs in American colleges and universities have a long and storied history. From the inception of such programs over 100 years ago, physical education courses for college students have been an enduring part of higher education....
Cycling 101, or Did You Forget to Wear Your Helmet?
Throughout our existence, the notion that everything moves in cycles is tried and true. From commonly used phrases such as "What goes around, comes around" and "Back to basics" to songs such as Peter, Paul, and Mary's "Where Have All the Flowers Gone"...
Football Concussion Statistics
Although improved safety rules and equipment have slightly reduced the rate of football concussions at the non-professional level, there are still several distressing lapses among coaches, trainers, and athletes in the treatment of, and attitudes toward,...
Incorporating Critical Thinking into a Secondary-School Wellness Unit
Much has been written about critical thinking (CT) over the past 15 years. Experts in all educational areas agree that today's students must be proficient critical thinkers if they are to secure jobs in a global economic network. Byrnes (1996) asserted...
I Play, Therefore I Am: An Undergraduate Philosophical Action Research Project
As a profession, we would probably agree that we need a philosophic basis for understanding who we are and where we are going. We would also probably agree that future professionals in any field should study the philosophy of their profession. In fact,...
"Just Do It"-Commercial Slogan or Movement Principle?
"Just Do It"--this slogan is per haps best known as a shoe advertisement, but it is more than just a catchy commercialized phrase. While advertisers may have seen the inspirational value of the slogan, they may not have realized that research is beginning...
Mentoring for Success Female University Students and "At-Risk" Middle School Girls
Childhood and adolescence are critical times to lay the foundation for lifelong physical activity, but unfortunately, too many girls are insufficiently active. As the Surgeon General's report (1996) tells us, almost half of young people aged 12 to...
Negligence and Willful and Wanton Misconduct
Grandalski & Grandalski v. Lyons Township High School District 204 711 N.E.2d 372 April 26, 1999 On March 25, 1994, 15-year-old Kathleen Grandalski was injured when she fell on her head while performing a gymnastics maneuver during her...
Parental Impact on Youth Participation in Sport the Physical Educator's Role
It is estimated that over 48 million American youths participate each year in some type of organized sport (Seefeldt & Ewing, 1997). Parents seem to endorse whole-heartedly their children's involvement in a variety of both team and individual sports,...
Should Martial Arts Be Taught in Physical Education Classes?
The benefits of teaching students the basics of self-defense in a physical education setting cannot be underestimated. A basic self-defense unit can substantially facilitate students' cognitive, psychomotor, and affective development while at the same...