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. 64, No. 4, April

Bridging the Gap - Applying Measurement and Evaluation Concepts to Fitness Testing in Schools
The school-based fitness testing experience described in this article brings abstract terms such as objectivity, reliability, and validity to life, and could be extended to other areas covered in M&E classes. Almost all university physical education...
Capture the Moments: Preserving the Memories of Older Adults
Philosopher Viktor Frankl (1978) insists that an individual's life is created not at birth but rather at the end of life, for it is only then that the person's entire being exists in its full panoply of joys, sorrows, achievements, disappointments, hopes,...
Delivering Services to a Diverse Aging Population: Challenges for the Future
The turn of the century presented a distinct view of the clientele and service delivery system at the beginnings of the recreation movement: Jane Addams, the Hull House model playground, Chicago's South Park Playgrounds, Luther Gulick's school athletic...
Fit for Hire - a Model for Promoting the Health and Fitness of Physical Education Students
This article describes a model of procedures adopted by the Physical Education, Health and Recreation Department at Eastern Washington University to help students develop fit lifestyles and plan for their future wellness. Recent data on the health and...
Fitness Programming for the Well Elderly: Some Practical Pointers
Fitness programs designed for older adults may nurture a personal awareness and appreciation for physical fitness in later life. Older adults bring to physical fitness programs age-related concerns such as sensory deprivation, slowed reactions, strength/endurance...
Nutritional Guidelines for Injury Prevention in School Athletes
Coaches, trainers, and other school personnel involved with young athletes and dancers should promote sound nutritional behaviors to improve performances and avoid injuries. Little information exists on promoting sound nutrition as a means of injury...
Using Play Structures to Enhance Health and Skill-Related Fitness
When systematically planned, play equipment can enhance psychomotor development, including development of large motor skills, small motor coordination, balance and equilibrium, as well as physical fitness. Play structures, generally used by elementary...