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. 75, No. 1, January

Adding Rigor to the Sport Management Internship: Introduction
The internship is an essential element in the professional preparation of sport managers (Cuneen, 1992; Cuneen & Sidwell, 1993b; Mason, Higgins, & Wilkinson, 1981; Stiex, 2002). The internship is, in fact, the most common curricular component...
Brain Research Strategies for Physical Educators
In our previous issue, Connie Blakemore examined the research supporting the idea that movement enhances learning. She now shows how physical educators can apply this information, and other recent brain research, in their classes.--Ed. Modern technology...
Edward J. Shea, 1914-2003
Dr. Edward J. Shea--recipient of an AAHPERD Honor Award in 1985, the Hetherington Award in 1987, and the Gulick Medal in 1989--died on August 31, 2003, at the age of 88. He was a swimming legend who, by touching the lives of students, colleagues, and...
Integrating Physical Education, Math, and Physics
The primary goal of education is to help students gain the knowledge and skills necessary to solve the problems that will occur in life. One of the most touted methods for doing this is curriculum integration (McBee, 2000). The concept of integrated...
Internship Search, Selection, and Solidification Strategies
Faculties in sport management programs acknowledge that the internship is one of the most rewarding, educationally significant, and career-enhancing experiences that a student can engage in (Stier, 2002). As such, it is important to maximize each internship's...
Linking Classroom Theory to Professional Practice: The Internship as a Practical Learning Experience Worthy of Academic Credit
Internship performance outcomes may be contrary to the beliefs of some scholars and professionals. Often, high-ranking academic officers--such as deans, provosts, and vice-presidents--question the decision to award institutional credit to sport management...
New Books
Artistry on Ice: Figure Skating Skills and Style Nancy Kerrigan & Mary Spencer Human Kinetics, cloth, 240 pp. $24.95 Basic Adventure Skills: Knot Tying Made Easy Arnold Dort, Tom Evaul, & Jeff Gehris Adventure Partners, paper, 25 pp....
Obesity Research Roundup
The obesity epidemic has certainly spurred a great deal of related research--too much, in fact, for JOPERD to highlight everything that may interest its readers. Three studies from the past nine months deserve mention, however, before time marches...
Perceptions of Misbehavior in Middle School Physical Education
Misbehavior in an educational setting is common in all subject areas. At some point in their career, all teachers have to confront misbehavior in the classroom. Student misbehavior in physical education can have serious consequences because it reduces...
Project Destiny: Initiating Physical Activity for Nonathletic Girls through Sport
Alicia is 12 years old and hates physical education. She does not play sports and does not even identify with athletics. She dislikes exercising because it makes her sweaty and tired, and in fact, she thinks that physical activity is unimportant. She...
Quality Control in the Administration of Sport Management Internships
The successful completion of a sport management internship has become a necessary part of a quality educational experience for students studying to become sport managers (DeSensi, Kelley, Blanton, & Beitel, 1990). The internship is the best link...
Recreational Immunity and Sport Injuries
Avila v. Citrus Community College District 111 Cal. App. 4th 811; 2003 Cal. App. Lexus 1316 August 27, 2003 On January 5, 2001, Jose Luis Avila, a student-athlete on Rio Hondo Community College's baseball team, was hit in the head by a pitch during...
Teaching Learning Styles with Technology
One of the challenges that physical education teacher education (PETE) program faculty face is how to use technology effectively as a teaching tool while at the same time teaching students to incorporate technology into their own classrooms. Modeling...
Thinking outside the Box: Placing Park and Recreation Professionals in K-12 Schools
It is time to place park and recreation professionals in K-12 schools--not only as after-school caregivers, teacher aides, and ancillaries to the educational enterprise, but as full-fledged partners in the educational process. This proposal is based...
What Role, If Any, Should Physical Education Play in the Identification of Sport Talent?
As a physical educator at both the elementary and secondary level, I stay with the fundamentals. If a student shows an above-normal talent in skills that are necessary for a specific sport, the first thing I do is ask the student where he or she learned...