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. 66, No. 1, January

Accreditation for Adventure Programs
This article outlines a cornerstone in the development of the adventure programming field--the establishment of program accreditation standards, a process developed by the Association for Experiential Education (AEE) with the support of the Council for...
Americans with Disabilities Act: Its Impact on Youth Sports
This article describes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and its major titles and explains how the ADA affects youth sports programs. In each of these cases, persons with disabilities want to participate in youth sports programs sponsored by...
Gender-Fair Teaching in Physical Education
The eliminate inequities based on gender differences, teachers must navigate their way through a sea of complex issues, using inclusive teaching behaviors and effective management and instructional strategies. Observing Junior High School PE Classes...
Is the Provision of Health-Related Physical Activity Valid Justification for Including Physical Education in the Curriculum?
One of the most important ways to justify the physical education curriculum is to show how it relates to the cost of our nation's health care. To use the cost of health care as a basis for being included in the school program, the importance of physical...
Safety Tips from the Expert Witness
By understanding the roles expert witnesses play in negligence actions, physical educators and coaches can apply this knowledge to their teaching an coaching and, more specifically, to planning specific programs and activities Many physical education,...
T.D. Wood: On Chairs and Education
"Real" education is often equated with sitting and reflecting, but the ideas of Thomas D. Wood remind us that the learning we promote and the healthy lifestyles to which this learning leads happen where one often cannot find a single chair. As far as...
Why We Need a Multicultural Focus in Our Schools
Teachers can help shape how students view and respond to the world by creating a learning environment that provides equity and reflects and embraces the diversity in which we live. Teaching in a multicultural society is no easy task. Providing excellence...