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. 82, No. 5, May-June

2011-AAHPERD Recognition Awards
Luther Halsey Gulick Award The Luther Halsey Gulick Medal, designed by R. Tait McKenzie, is the highest honor awarded by the Alliance in recognition of long and distinguished service to one or more of the professions. Judith Rink has been a prominent...
Avoid Overtraining in Young Athletes: How Much Is Too Much? the Body Will Tell You
One of the primary questions that coaches ask themselves today is "How much can I push my young athletes in order to maximize performance gains without exceeding their physical or psychological limits?" More specifically they may ask, "How do 1 know...
Caution: Yelling Can Be Hazardous to Students' Health: Somewhere between Pandemonium and a Vow of Silence, a Happy Median Exists
Physical educators shout more than teachers of any other subject (Roy et al., 2004). This is likely the reason why teaching physical education is associated with an increased risk of developing a voice problem (Smith, Kirchner, Taylor, Hoffman, &...
Collaborative Strategies during Transition for Students with Disabilities: Adapted Physical Education Should Prepare Students to Continue Being Active after Graduation
Adapted physical education (APE) services should focus on the promotion of overall wellness and the development of physically active graduates. However, the National Longitudinal Transition Study data (Wagner, Newman, Cameto, Garza, & Lavine, 2005)...
Creating the Choreographers of Tomorrow for Musical Theater
With the popularity of musical theater today, many young people want to dance and to choreograph. Such opportunities may exist at a high school, church, or local community theater. While teaching at the middle, high school, and college levels for the...
How Persistence, the Tao, and the Wisdom of the Ostrich Helped Build School Dance Programs: Passion and Dedication Are Needed to Overcome Obstacles and Succeed
My life has been transformed by the sheer fulfillment of dancing. I remember when I was 10, performing a ballet combination across the floor. As I glanced back, the look of approval on my teacher's face resonated with my own deeply felt satisfaction...
How We Learn: A Motor-Learning Project for Physical Education Majors: By Designing Novel Movement Tasks and the Means to Assess Them, Teacher Candidates Master Motor-Learning Concepts
Motor-learning courses are generally included in the curricula of physical education teacher education. The concepts covered in these classes can be used to satisfy three of the physical education requirements set by the National Board for Professional...
Improving Teacher Education
After reading a variety of newspapers and professional publications, I think it is safe to say that education as we currently know it will change dramatically in the next decade. Budget cuts, new funding formulae, and increased accountability for universities...
Intermittent versus Continuous Walking in Obese Populations
What Was the Question? This study addressed the growing belief that interval training is more beneficial than continuous aerobic training with regard to fat loss and caloric expenditure. Campbell, Wallman, and Green (2010) employed the conditions...
Is Simple Negligence Enough to Prevail?
School authorities have an obligation to protect children in their care from foreseeable harm, but they are not required to keep them under constant supervision. When an injury occurs on school property during school hours, parents frequently look...
Should Children with Disabilities Be Graded in Physical Education?
Grades are part of the evaluation system, and they should result from a number of appropriate assessments. If done correctly, with the use of adapted assessments designed to fit capability levels, a true picture emerges that illustrates a level of...
Supporting Student Autonomy in Physical Education: Self-Determination Theory Offers the Key to Influencing Students' Physical Activity Habits
Physical education can be a personally rewarding experience for children and adolescents. It also has the potential to help students acquire the skills, knowledge, and values to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle by regularly participating in...