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. 74, No. 8, October

A Comparison of Current and Ideal Fitness Promotion Strategies in Washington State
Evidence suggests that being physically active improves a person's mental health, cognitive functioning, and physical and academic performance (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2001; Sallis, 1994). Specifically, engaging in regular...
Climbing the Walls to Write in Physical Education: A Technology-Integration Project
The national standards for physical education (National Association for Sport and Physical Education, 1995) refute the notion that physical education is academically unsound. In fact, the standards say that physical education has academic standing,...
Intentional Programming in Wilderness Education: Revisiting Its Roots
The following three articles conclude a three-part feature on wilderness education. In the August issue, after an introduction by feature editor Joel F. Meier, Daniel L. Dustin discussed the importance of educating people about wilderness and the differences...
Mentoring New Faculty in Higher Education
Some scholars trace the origin of mentoring to Odysseus (in the Odyssey). When he went away to war, Odysseus gave his friend, Mentor the duty to oversee his household, including the training of his son. The reason for this delegation of responsibility...
Obesity Is Often Unrecognized or Ignored
Mothers and doctors often fail to recognize, or ignore, overweight and obesity in children, according to two recent studies. This is obviously disturbing in view of the obesity trend among American youths today. The percentage of overweight children...
Philosophy and Practice of Wilderness-Based Experiential Learning
Outdoor experiential education has been implemented in a number of K-12 curriculums as well as in colleges and universities around the world. Some of these courses have found success, while others have struggled to gain administrative acceptance and...
Successful Coaches' Views on Motivation and Motivational Strategies
A coach's primary role is to help athletes realize their potential. In order to reach their potential, athletes must sustain a high level of motivation over many years of practice and competition. However, motivation is very complex, and it has challenged...
Supervision in Martial Arts Classes
Rodrigo v. Koryo Martial Arts Court of Appeal of California 122 Cal.Rptr.2d 832 (Cal. App. 1 Dist. 2002) July 31, 2002 Roxanne Rodrigo was injured during a tae kwon do class at the Koryo Martial Arts school. She had been enrolled in the martial...
Teaching Physical Education with the Inclusion Style: The Case of a Greek Elementary School
For many years, physical education in Greece has been taught using traditional, teacher-centered approaches (Greek Ministry of Education, 1997). In 1988, the Greek Ministry of Education reformed the physical education curriculum and required that students...
The Influence of Motor Skill Interventions on Disadvantaged Children
Fundamental motor skills (FMS) serve as the foundation for more advanced movements, such as sport-specific tasks. Researchers suggest that children must have a competency in FMS in order to participate successfully in these tasks later in life (Seefeldt,...
The Role of Higher Education in Wilderness for the 21st Century
"I think that we in this generation have no right to deprive the young people of the future of the opportunity of primitive experience; getting the companionship, the sense of history, the feeling of the country is something you can only get by living...
Training Dance Educators: The College Perspective
Last year, in a special issue of the Journal of Dance Education (JODE), Posey (2002) discussed curricular choices that should be considered in several educational settings (private dance schools, conservatories, K-12 schools, and higher education institutions)...
What Can Physical Educators Do to Encourage Participation of Mothers as Coaches in Youth Sports?
Physical educators can use various methods to encourage mothers to become involved in youth sport. As the benefactors of Title IX, females today have a better sport background to draw upon for motive to serve as volunteer youth coaches. Many of the...