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. 67, No. 4, April

Basketball in the USA
Editor's Note: Lars Jensen was a German exchange student with Youth for Understanding who spent a year in the United States on a Bundestag scholarship. As a part of his scholarship, he had to complete a project which demonstrated a major cultural difference...
From Skill to Tactics
In this article, a practitioner's perspective on the use of the tactical approach in middle school physical education is provided. Four issues are discussed relative to teaching with the tactical approach: (a) changes in my philosophical perspective...
How Much Physical Activity Is Enough?
For years, when asked how much physical activity is enough, physical and health educators, coaches, and fitness leaders would unhesitatingly recommend the FIT (frequency, intensity, time) formula. But the recent publication of some new recommendations...
Modified Tennis Games
When young children get together to play a sport, they often modify the rules to fit their skill level. When an element of the "real" game requires fine motor skill development, such as the serve and return in tennis, children may quickly become frustrated...
Myth or Reality?
Observation of games teach ing in physical education typically shows a series of highly structured lessons leaning heavily on the teaching of techniques. This approach assumes that skills must be developed before the game can be tackled (Bailey &...
National Standards for Athletic Coaches
Coaches are expected to assume a variety of roles - sport instructor, surrogate parent, counselor, and role model - yet little more preparation is required of many of them than the willingness to take on the job. In order for the influence coaches have...
Physical Activity for Children and Youth
Our kids need to be more active! Our kids watch too much TV! These statements often appear in newspapers and television programs, but how active do children and youth really need to be? The following questions and answers will help teachers and leaders...
Preservice Clinical Experiences
Using Controlled and Natural Settings for Practice Standing in front of a classroom for the first time, many student teachers undergo a form of culture shock which can rob them of important learning experiences. Teacher education programs can help by...
Preventing Eating Disorders in Female Athletes
Women in sport are particularly susceptible to anorexia and bulimia nervosa, eating disorders which can be fatal. By building a support network, coaches can educate athletes and break down their misconceptions about food. Recent media coverage of eating...
Reflections and Further Questions
The authors of the articles in this feature have presented a wonderfully broad array of opportunities for readers to review the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGFU) approach. They have historically contextualized TGFU and compared it to more traditional...
Resolving Team Conflict
Coaching Strategies to Prevent Negative Behavior When players don't get along, the whole team suffers. Coaches can use the strategies in this article to keep conflict from becoming a problem. All coaches and athletes are confronted with team conflict...
The Elderly's Need for Physical Activity
America is an aging society. The 1990 census counted 31.1 million elderly (aged 65 or older), 12.5 percent of the total population. As our society ages, health care needs increase along with the demand for services for individuals with chronic disabilities....