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. 4, April

Disability Case Studies Learning to Include All Students
"I had one undergraduate adapted physical education class last semester, but we only talked about people who have cerebral palsy in one lecture. I have never actually worked with anyone with cerebral palsy." (Kim's physical education preservice teacher)...
Help! It's My First Year of Teaching, and I Don't Know Where to Start!
It's the first day of the first year of the rest of your career. You thought you were prepared for anything that might come your way. Somehow you get through the first day of class, but at the end of the day you find yourself thinking "I've got to...
Inclusion: Why the Confusion?
A philosophical debate about inclusion (the practice of placing students with disabilities in regular physical education classes) is beginning to appear in physical education journals (Issues, 1997; Stein, 1994), at our professional conferences, and...
Increasing Children's Physical Activity Levels
Despite the overwhelming evidence regarding the health benefits of physical activity, children are generally not given enough time during school to meet even the minimal daily physical activity guidelines recently published by the Council on Physical...
Let's Open the Doors in Coaching
It is well known that men dominate the coaching profession, including the coaching of women's teams. The precedent was set long ago when few women participated in athletics. Naturally, only men could coach back then, since most women didn't have the...
Negligence
Home v. North Kitsap School District 92 Wash. App. 709 965 P.2d 1112: 1998 Wash. Kurt Home, a junior high school teacher and assistant football coach in the Central Kitsap School District, suffered a serious leg and hip injury when he tried to protect...
Outsourcing: A Strategy for Improving the Quality of Leisure Services
As we move into the 21st century, our quest to improve the quality of leisure services continues. We are increasingly challenged to account for the use of organizational resources, to identify and define benefits, and to embrace newer, more cost-effective...
Risk Factor Four: Equipment and Surfacing Maintenance on Safe Playgrounds
Maintenance is a serious issue for those who use or supervise America's playgrounds. It has been estimated that up to 40 percent of all playground injuries could have been prevented if adequate maintenance measures had been employed (Christensen, 1995)....
Risk Factor Three: Fall Surfacing on Safe Playgrounds
The following two articles conclude a two-part feature on playground safety. In the March issue, after an introduction by feature editors Susan Hudson and Donna Thompson, Lawrence and Lorna Bruya described the various strategies that constitute adequate...
Should the Ratio of Supervisors to Children Be the Same for the Outdoor Playground (Learning Environment) as for the Indoor Classroom?
Yes--the more well supervised the children are on the playground, the less likely they are to be injured, and well-supervised children can be better guided in developing social skills. Furthermore, the ratio of teachers to children should be the same...
Student Teachers' Perceptions of the Role of the Physical Educator
The notion that people are socialized into choosing a specific profession has been a frequent topic of physical education teacher education research. Lacey (1977) said that this socialization is "the process of change by which individuals become members...
Summer Dance Connections: A Community-Based Education Program
There has been a growing trend within higher education to reach out from the halls of academe into the communities in which people live. From service-learning programs to community action initiatives, many universities are seeking new ways to provide...
Ten Ways to Get Kids Excited about Running
The importance of regular exercise in maintaining personal wellness has been well documented. Specifically, participation in fitness activities has been strongly linked to improved physiological functioning and increased cognitive and emotional well...
The Games Students Play: Selecting and Teaching Activities
As teachers and teacher educators, we've accumulated over the years all sorts of hints and guidelines for successful teaching. These items aren't original--they're what you'll see successful teachers do in various settings, especially elementary schools--but...