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. 81, No. 3, March

Back to the Basics: Eat Right and Get Active
For 20 years, obesity rates have been climbing to their currently alarming levels. At first, we warned of adult health issues and the need to lose weight. Now we are calling the weight problem a pandemic, and it is affecting children as much or more...
Implementing a Tactical Games Approach with Sport Education a Chronicle; This Hands-On Account Offers Practical Advice Gained from Experience
The main purpose of this article is to discuss the challenges encountered by a middle school practitioner over a five-year period when implementing the tactical games approach (TGA) within the sport education model (SEM). Included are genuine quotes...
Justifying Physical Education Based on Neuroscience Evidence
Recent discoveries strengthen the connection between physical activity and cognitive function. The effects of exercise on human function are complex and diverse, and numerous organs and tissues appear to respond to exercise stimulus. Epidemiological...
Keeping the Excitement Alive: Tchoukball and Cooperative Learning
Competition and cooperation coexist in this novel sport. For more than a decade, physical education research has emphasized the benefits of implementing cooperative learning as a teaching strategy (Dyson, 2001; Dyson & Rubin, 2003; Grenier,...
One School District's Strategy to Improve Fitness Levels: A Fitness Challenge
Using enjoyable competition, this collaborative, system-wide program addresses student fitness. Physical education programs across the United States struggle under the same pressures. Current research linking the right kinds and amounts of physical...
Purpose-Driven Grading: How Can a Grading Method Improve the Quality of Students' Written Work?
I love to teach, but hate to grade. Frustration grew as I would spend hours grading only to have students glance at the paper's grade and stuff it in the bottom of their backpack, never looking at the feedback I provided or making revisions from previous...
Serious Injuries in Physical Education Class
Editor: Suzan F. Ayers What Was the Question? Given the rising prevalence of and emphasis on childhood obesity and its relationship to regular participation in physical education and physical activity, Nelson et al. (2009) examined physical education-related...
Title IX and Budgets in Athletics
Editor: Thomas H. Sawyer Biediger v. Quinnipiac University 616 F.Supp.2d 277, 345 Ed. Law Rep. 694 U.S. District Court, Conn., 2009, May 22, 2009 In this case, the coach and members of the varsity women's volleyball team at Quinnipiac University...
Using "Cylinder Ball" to Emphasize Tactics and Critical Thinking in Territorial Sports
Editor: Ferman Konukman As physical education teachers continue to seek ways to teach sport units that will help students to become as competent at game playing as possible, many of them are moving to innovative instructional models that combine...
Using Self-Efficacy Theory to Facilitate Inclusion in General Physical Education; Unsure That You Can Teach an Inclusive Class? These Strategies May Improve Your Confidence
Janet is a veteran physical educator in her 12th year of teaching health and physical education at Raintree Middle School. During this time, Janet has taught many children with mild learning, behavioral, and intellectual disabilities, and one child...
What Emphasis Should Service-Learning Have in the Development of a Professional?
Major emphasis! Academic service-learning (ASL) is an integral part of the physical education teacher education (PETE) program at Northern Michigan University. Students in fundamental motor skill, adapted physical education, and elementary and secondary...
What Happened to Competitive Sport in the 20th Century?
Aconcerned person can only be discouraged about the inexorable decline of competitive sport in the 20th century. I am not talking about the drug issue, although that is a horrendous problem, but about the rampant commercialism. Perhaps I should just...