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. 8, October

A College Degree Is Not the Only Valid Credential in Today's Workplace
The editorial by L. Jay Sylvester ("From Education to Certification," May/June, p. 4) and the response from Charles Cicciarella ("Certification Issues," August, p. 8) regarding certification is largely a matter of semantics between two educators. I would...
Developing Cultural Awareness through Play
Through play-based activities - such as dance, music, children's games, story telling, family traditions, and festivals - culturally based behaviors are introduced and passed from generation to generation. Throughout history, play has had a significant...
Does Your Gym Have Six Walls?
Constructing a sport climbing wall can double the amount of usable square footage in a gym at a fraction of the cost of building an addition. Step into any physical education setting and count the possible playing surfaces that are being used. How often...
Formatting: Dress Your Content for Success
Formatting is more than heads and subheads and using correctly written paragraphs. It is using myriad techniques to enhance your writing and make it reader-friendly. Format is how content is organized and presented. While presenting content, writers...
Guidelines for Authors
About JOPERD The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD) is a peer-reviewed professional journal intended to meet the needs of educators in physical education, recreation, and dance, and to serve as a forum for socioeconomic,...
How Do Children Perceive the Mile Run?
Although physical fitness testing practices have been studied since they rose to popularity in the 1960s, few researchers have looked at the tests from the subjects' point of view. To gain a child-based perspective on these assessment tools, a recent...
How Play Influences Children's Development at Home and School
An understanding of the benefits of play can help parents and teachers allow for maximum potential in enhancing children development. Play is an essential human function. From the first playful face-to-face interactions with a newborn infant to the...
Leisure Today - the Many Faces of Play
Play is not just for children - it is universal. HPERD professionals should recognize this important element and consider how best to incorporate the fundamental essence of play into their programs. Play is like a multifaceted gem: beautiful, magical,...
Middle School Physical Education-Make It More Exciting!
A well-organized, expertly taught program that includes a variety of physical fitness activities can keep students excited and interested. Physical fitness activities in the middle school curriculum should be modified or adjusted to ensure that students...
New Products
Train With The Bandit Nebco Inc., a manufacturer and worldwide retailer of sports training equipment, proudly introduces The Bandit[TM], a basketball shooting arm machine that helps players train their shooting arm muscle memory to use the proper form...
Peer Tutoring - an Effective Coaching Tool
Use of a peer-tutoring strategy can help coaches improve the frequency of instructional and social support behavior during practice and game situations. Community-based youth sport and school-based athletic programs are designed primarily to improve...
Play's New Identity: Big Business
In economic terms, play and related leisure pursuits are the source of several hundred billion dollars of annual expenditure in the U.S. In the past, play has been viewed from a number of sharply contrasting perspectives. In earlier eras, it was considered...
Should the Development of a Healthy Lifestyle Be the Primary Purpose of Physical Education?
The primary purpose of every physical education program should be to encourage and inspire students to develop healthy habits to ensure their future wellness. We, as physical educators, have a responsibility to help prepare our students for life in...
Talch'um: Searching for the Meaning of Play
According to a symbolic interactionist view, play is a situationally relevant concept in which players interpret a situation freeing themselves from social and institutional judgment. In the comedy movie The Mask, American audiences laughed while watching...
Teaching Beginning Tennis - a Versatile Drill Formation
The drill formation presented is designed for maximizing practice while allowing opportunity for sensory information and task-related information from the instructor. The escalating rise in class sizes, particularly in activity classes, continues to...
The 'Play Ladies' - the First Therapeutic Recreation Specialists
"Play ladies" was the term used for nurses, teachers, and recreation workers who helped demonstrate the benefits of play in the rehabilitation of hospitalized individuals. There is a recreational director or 'play lady' who is a most popular person...