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. 6, August

An Integrated Qualitative Analysis of Overarm Throwing
By applying an integrated model of qualitative analysis, teachers can give students specific, helpful cues that will lead to improved overarm throwing performance. Qualitative analysis of motor skills must be based on information from many of the subdisciplines...
Assesing Motor and Sport Skill Performance: Two Practical Procedures
No time for individual skills testing? These alternatives save time and allow students to work at their own pace. Recent literature has provided evidence that many physical education teachers do not objectively evaluate their students' performance of...
Developmentally Appropriate Physical Education: A Rating Scale
How can teachers break down negative perceptions of physical education? With this scale, they can start by systematically evaluating and improving their own programs. Physical educators become angry at the Woody Allen accusation that "those who can't...
Establishing a Discipline Plan in Elementary Physical Education
Without even realizing it, some physical education teachers may be spending up to one third of their class time handling behavior problems. How can they get students to take responsibility for their actions? Elementary schoolchildren who exhibit behavior...
Facilitating Change: An Administrator's Perspective
As an assistant principal, one of my duties involves the supervision of several subject area departments, including the department of health and physical education. My training in administration and supervision provided me with a basic knowledge on which...
Giving Directions - It's How You Say It
Speaking with authority can be a difficult skill for teachers to master. This article lists speech patterns to watch out for and guidelines for saying what you mean in class. In the poem "To a Louse," Robert Bruce expresses the wish to "see ourselves...
G. Lawrence Rarick
Note: Parts of this In Memoriam were previously published in Medicine and Science in Sports & Exercise. G. Lawrence Rarick, professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, passed away December 15, 1995 at his home in Berkeley. He was...
If We Build It, They Will Come: Creating an Emotionally Safe Physical Education Environment
Helmets and kneepads can protect children from physical injury, but too often their dignity and self-esteem remain open to attack - from classmates and even teachers. These guidelines will help safeguard students from emotional damage. In the movie...
In Light of the Violence Occurring in Today's Society, Should Contact Sports Such as Football Have a Place in High School Athletic Programs?
Questions should be raised about the educational appropriateness of a sport in which, for certain players, bulk, height and bench press power are perceived to be of critical importance. Just how worthwhile is football as an educational tool? Very possibly...
Leisure Activities of National Senior Olympians
National Senior Olympians are men and women 55 years and older (a 50- to 54-age category has been added for the 1997 national competition) who represent their respective states in the U.S. Senior Olympics, held in alternate years. To qualify for the...
Reflective Writing and Kinesthetic Listening: The Other Half of the Dance
Most movement educators agree on the importance of using imagery, but students can further increase their awareness through listening metaphor. Narrative is a valuable way of constructing knowledge about ourselves and giving meaning to our experiences...
The 1996 Atlanta Paralympics
This month, the second-largest sporting event in the world, the Paralympics, will take place in Atlanta, Georgia. More than 3,500 athletes from 127 nations will come to compete in 17 sporting events over a 10-day period, making the 1996 Paralympics the...
Using Oral History as a Motivating Tool in Teaching
Bring the past to life, personalize issues, and spark class discussions by having students interview senior citizens. Do you teach history and philosophy of physical education and sport? Has your course been designated writing-intensive? Do you find...