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. 9, November-December

Assessment Activities in Physical Education: Help for Overloaded Teachers
Most university teacher preparation programs include a measurement and evaluation class, intended to train physical educators to use assessment techniques effectively. These classes generally cover basic statistics, grading theory, physical fitness...
Computer Feedback for Improved Teacher Training
All physical education teachers need feedback if they are to improve their instruction and increase academic learning time. In simple terms, academic learning time in physical education (ALT-PE) is defined as the time, students are engaged successfully...
Expressing Ideas through Gesture, Time, and Space
The overall goal of education is ultimately to enhance students, lifestyles to achieve optimal well-being. This goal can be accomplished by providing alternative strategies for learning. Presenting material via new and innovative methods may motivate...
Hoop Ball: A Game with New Defensive Strategy
In an effort to learn more about games and game play strategies, students in an elementary physical education methods class at Iowa State University developed a new game - hoop ball. It is similar to basketball, but it has some unique exceptions. Instead...
"If-Then" Statements Help Novice Teachers Deal with the Unexpected
Adam, a first-year middle school teacher, spends 30 minutes before school setting up stations outside for skill work in soccer. But when he returns with his first period class, he finds that many stations have been disturbed and are no longer usable....
Physical Education with a Heartbeat
In his best seller Megatrends, John Naisbett (1982) predicted that the 1990s would be "high tech and high touch." He cautioned, "What happens is that whenever new technology is introduced into society, there must be a counterbalancing human response...
The Health and Fitness Benefits of Tai Chi
Tai chi can help students improve their concentration and relaxation skills, and can result in improved physiological and psychological well-being. Taijiquan, also known as tai chi, is a slow motion stretching and boxing activity that enjoys great...