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. 70, No. 2, February

A Differentiated Goal Structure Framework for High School Physical Education
"Innovate or evaporate." This cliche captures the essence of an old, now rhetorical message related to high school physical education. Many of us in our field have long espoused, encouraged, cajoled, reprimanded, lambasted, and otherwise tried to shape...
Building an Intergenerational Activity Program for Older Adults: Implications for Physical Activity
Aging is an individual experience influenced by well-being, quality of life, and perceived health. Therefore, exercise and physical activity programs for older adults should be tailored to take into account the variability in physical functioning and...
Ethnic Identity and Coach Feedback: Implications for Effective Coaching
For many decades, coaches have spent a considerable amount of time and effort attempting to determine the best method to promote athletic excellence. Nurturing athletes to achieve their potential requires many approaches, including technical advice,...
Exculpatory Agreement - Waiver: Paul and Heather Shields vs. Sta-Fit, Inc
Paul and Heather Shields vs. Sta-Fit, Inc. Court of Appeals of Washington, Division 3, Panel One, November 22, 1995 903 P.2d 525 (Washington Appeals Division 3, 1995) A health club member named Paul Shields was injured when a Sta-Fit employee, a...
Faculty Renewal through Interdisciplinary Collaboration
College faculty members, particularly those in specialty areas, regularly confront the challenge of teaching the same few courses in novel ways in order to avoid boredom or burnout (Di Geronimo, 1985; Kaikai & Kaikai, 1990; Marlow, 1996). In fact,...
High Impact, Low Risk: Ten Strategies to Teach Responsibility
The idea of teaching responsibility through physical education has recently received a resurgence of importance. For some (Hellison, 1995), this calls for a total curriculum focused on personal and social responsibility goals through physical activity....
In View of the Increased Attention on Lifespan Education, Should Physical Education, Kinesiology, or Exercise Science Majors Be Required to Take a Course on the Aging Process and Its Effect on Motor Performance?
I think the critical question here is: Should physical education teachers be required to take such a class? We all know that individuals can get teacher certification with or without majoring in physical education, kinesiology, or exercise science....
Moving beyond the Surgeon General's Report: An HPERD Challenge?
Since the publication of the Surgeon General's report on physical activity and health (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1996), a number of research studies have been published on the relationships between physical activity and the components...
Multiple Goal Strategy: Theoretical Implications and Practical Approaches for Motor Skill Instruction
Motivation is central to understanding individual differences in sport achievement (Roberts, 1992). Some individuals will exhibit adaptive motivational patterns such that they exert appropriate effort for success, persist through adversity, and enjoy...
Out of the Gate: Turn Your PETE Majors into Interview Front-Runners
After completing four to five years of undergraduate schooling, physical education teacher education (PETE) majors are ready for their first professional teaching job. Even though PETE majors are often well-educated, breaking into the job market may...
Preemptive and Pausal Prompts: Get Rid of the Uh's, Okay's, All Right's, You Know's, and Um's!
Introduction As teachers, we have all (uh) used verbal prompts. The most common verbal prompts are "uh," "okay," "all right," "you know" and "um."There are many others, some of which are unique to a particular individual. Verbal prompts are used...
Promoting Physical Activity through Parks and Recreation: A Focus on Youth and Adolescence
The statistics on adolescent activity levels in the Surgeon General's report (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [USDHHS], 1996) are disturbing, and unfortunately, not unanticipated. The statistics are: * Nearly half of young people 12...
Students Change and So Do Good Programs: Addressing the Interests of Multicultural Secondary Students
Consider the following scenario: Individuals and small groups of students filter into the gymnasium. The students sit in assigned spaces on the floor, talking among themselves until the tardy bell rings. The boys occupy one side of the gym and the...
Taking ACTION with the Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health
The Surgeon General's report on physical activity and health (SGR; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1996) and three other national documents, described below, offer important guidelines for improving the physical activity of individuals....
The Sport Guides and the Women Behind Them (1925-1932)
Celebrating the Past: A Century of Challenge This is the second of nine segments designed to commemorate the NAGWS Centennial, 1899-1999. It highlights the accomplishments of four past-presidents, who served from 1925 to 1932. The real thrust of...
What Are Children's Heart-Rates during British Physical Education Lessons?
Promoting children's cardiorespiratory fitness has been an important goal of physical educators for many years. National health organizations also have recognized the role of physical education in promoting public health and have called for increased...