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. 2, February

Connecting School Physical Education to the Community through Service-Learning
Service-learning is a teaching method that provides opportunities for students to acquire academic, career, social, and personal skills through community service projects. The rationale for service-learning is that students learn best by doing, by...
Fair Play: Respect for All
"Physical Education has as its objectives all of the objectives of general education, and in this list of objectives character is of even greater importance than health." (Nash, 1938) Character development, sportsmanship, and fair play ideals have...
Head Injuries and Protective Eyewear in Women's Lacrosse
Webster, Bayliss, and Spadaro (1999) assert that helmets and protective eyewear are scarcely used in women's lacrosse, even though head and face injury rates in women's lacrosse (a non-contact sport) are typically higher than in men's lacrosse (a contact...
How Can You Have an Elective Physical Education Program and Maintain Gender Balance within the Classes?
If one defines "gender balance" as approximately equal numbers of males and females in classes, then it is obvious that the only way to maintain balance in an "elective" program is to offer only courses that appeal more or less equally to male and...
Leaving an Imprint
Clinton Fuelling died today. Now before you begin an exhaustive search of the annals of physical education for the name Clinton Fuelling and his contributions to this profession, stop. Clinton Fuelling was not a physical educator; he was the chair...
Practical Management of Type 1 Diabetes during Exercise
Imagine that you are taking your physical education students on a field trip to participate in a new activity: indoor rock-climbing at a local gym. While most of your students are excited about the upcoming event, one child approaches you before the...
Product Liability
Michael D. Trost v. Trek Bicycle Corporation United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, December 23, 1998 162 F.3d 1004; 1998 U.S. App. LEXIS 31734 Michael Trost brought action against the manufacturer of his all-terrain bicycle,...
Speech-Language Strategies for Physical Educators
Communication is a functional skill that is very much aligned with what and how preschoolers learn. As such, speech and language play an important role in a child's educational development (Bailey & Worley, 1989). In fact, the majority of preschoolers...
Strategies for Enhancing the Performance of Low-Skilled Students
Healthy People 2000, a 1990 United States Public Health Service publication, challenged all citizens to pursue more active lifestyles. The Surgeon General's report (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1996) continued this theme of promoting...
Transfer of Qualitative Skill Analysis Ability to Similar Sport-Specific Skills
Qualitative Analysis: Putting IT ALL Together The following two articles conclude a two-part feature on the present and future states of qualitative analysis in physical education. In the January issue, after an introduction by feature editor Jean...
Using the Internet for Athletic Recruiting
In the business world, companies are always looking to get ahead of their competitors in the marketplace, often by exploiting technological innovations. College coaches are no different. They want to know what new methods they can use to obtain the...
What Can Professionals Qualitatively Analyze?
QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER? Physical education teachers and coaches use qualitative analysis to help people improve their performance in many activities. The accuracy and consistency of qualitative analysis is therefore vitally...