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. 64, No. 2, February

African-American Dance in Curricula: Modes of Inclusion
Dance literacy has generally meant thorough knowledge of ballet and/or modern dance technique and history as well as a general knowledge of jazz, folk, tap, and other dance forms. African-American dance is usually counted as one of the "other" dance...
Analysis of Folk Dance with LMA-Based Tools: A Doorway to the World
Dance is a universal art, and dance forms are found throughout the world--classical dance, theatrical dance, "art" dance, ethnic dance. The oldest dance form, with the greatest number of participants in the world today is folk dance. For all those who...
Biomechanics of the Basketball Jump Shot - Six Key Teaching Points
Based on the biomechanics research on shooting a basketball, six key teaching points for mid-range to long-range jump shots are proposed. These concepts should be evaluated and translated into appropriate cue words for feedback to performers. Teachers...
Civil Rights - the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments
The First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution have a major influence on relationships between HPERD professionals and students. Historically, the First and the Fourth Amendments applied only to actions of federal agencies;...
Crowd Control
Crowd control and related issues have long been a topic of concern for facility managers. The tragedy at the European Soccer Cup in 1985 resulted in 38 fatalities and 437 injuries. More recently, in 1991, a New York city college stampede left 8 dead...
Duty to Properly Instruct
The duty to instruct is the most basic of all responsibilities and duties placed upon physical educators. It is what they are trained to do. As in any movement activity, injuries are inherent, and it is the duty of a physical educator to minimize both...
Employment of Qualified Personnel
For legal reasons, administrators must select employees carefully and provide continual supervision of these employees. Administrators should be aware of the two major theories of liability: (1) institutional/organizational liability for the acts of...
Establishing, Communicating, and Enforcing Rules and Regulations
Experts in the area of sport law stress the importance of establishing, communicating, and enforcing rules and regulations (Baley & Matthews, 1989; van der Smissen, 1990). In fact, van der Smissen submits that if rules and regulations are established...
Jazz Dance in the Dance Curriculum: What Educators Should Know
Since the mid-nineteenth century, jazz dance has evolved from popular theatre to concert stage, from small dance studios to large universities, and from the movies to television. The term "jazz dance," which encompasses several different styles of movement,...
Legal Obligations Related to Facilities
Facility liability is not predicated on the type of facility. Rather, legal liability is based on the types of clientele who attend or use the facility, and the nature of the activities taking place in the facility. Types of clientele. In the sport...
Promoting Self-Responsibility and Decision Making with At-Risk Students
At-risk youth can be successfully integrated into traditional school settings, but it takes time, a coordinated effort, and a willingness to build relationships based upon mutual trust and cooperation. Discipline is a process of helping students adjust...
Proper Classification
During a soccer drill, a student collides with another student who is much larger. A similar collision occurs between a female student and male student during a basketball game. A physical education teacher divides the class into groups of eight for...
Providing Adequate Medical Care to Program Participants
The duty to provide health care is one of the legal duties of coaches (Adams, 1989). Sharp (1990) identified two obligations of sport leaders toward those who are injured in sport programs: to render emergency first-aid assistance until medical personnel...
Risk Management - a Tool for Reducing Exposure to Legal Liability
The authors of these feature articles have discussed some of the major legal issues that concern physical education, recreation, and dance professionals. A thread which ties these legal concerns together is risk management. Risk management has been...
Safe Transportation - a Driving Concern
In August, 1989, seven people, including four Girl Scouts, died in a bus accident near Palm Springs, California. Faulty brakes were the alleged problem. On September 21, 1989, 21 children died in Texas' worst school bus accident in south Texas. More...
Selecting Safe Equipment - What Do We Really Know?
Selecting safe equipment for physical education classes, athletics, and intramurals is paramount to ensure student safety. Care must be taken not only to select safe equipment for general use (e.g., trampolines and playground apparatus), but also to...
Supervision in Sport and Physical Activity
Dailey (1985) reviewed appellate tort negligence cases in public school physical education K-12 from 1963 to 1983 and found 22 cases of failure to properly supervise. This was the largest number of cases under any of Dailey's case classification categories...
Understanding Choreographic Style through Video as Literature
Because of the elusive nature of dance, students are often discouraged by the difficulty of remembering and describing choreography. This problem can be partially corrected by using videotape. If their work is taped, or transferred from film to videotape,...