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. 69, No. 9, November-December

Activities for the Older Adult: Integration of the Body and the Mind
Throughout the country, activities that integrate body and mind are popular with older adults, who view them as ways to help maintain their independence and contribute to their quality of life. The activities of dance, Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Gong, Hatha...
Negligence
Devin Sewell, a student injured in a high school swimming class, sued the Southfield public school district on negligence theory. His claim is based on injuries he sustained during his ninth grade swimming class at Southfield High School. On November...
Perceptions of Home-Schooled Physical Education: Views from Parents, Students, and Preservice Teachers
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, close to one million students are taught at home today (Lines, 1995). This trend continues to gain popularity, as more parents lose faith in the public school systems of the United States (Lines, 1991, 1995). Although...
Physical Activity and Depression among Older Adults
The following three articles conclude a two-part feature on physical activity and older adults. In the October issue, after an introduction by feature editor J. Thomas Jable, Mark A. Hirsch and Helmut V. B. Hirsch discusses recent research that shows...
Physical Education: Making a Transition toward Activity
Physical fitness is an integral part of American physical education programs. Physical education curricula often state fitness goals for physical education students (Siedentop, Mand, & Taggart, 1986). Although sports often dominate physical education...
Stress and Older Adults: A Mind-Body Relationship
Many of us have experienced rapid heart rate, sweaty hands, and anxiety while watching a very suspenseful and frightening movie in the comfort of a movie theater or in the security of our own homes. These physiological responses, caused simply by viewing...
Technology Implementation: Let's Do It!
It is not always easy to implement technology. Poling (1994) suggests using technology, particularly e-mail, to supplement classroom instruction. More recently, Ellery (1997) stated that "the World Wide Web can bring us closer together, make time-consuming...
The Educational Face of Rhythmic Gymnastics
The gymnastic experience involving small apparatuses that can be held and maneuvered by hand in a rhythmic manner is internationally called rhythmic gymnastics. It is one of the oldest forms of mass exercise, having its roots in Europe at the turn...
The Effects of Tai Chi and Traditional Locomotor Exercises on Senior Citizens' Motor Control
Tai Chi, an ancient form of Chinese fitness exercise, affords its participants a variety of physical and psychological benefits. Studies have reported that individuals engaging in Tai Chi improved their cardiovascular fitness, balance, and coordination,...
The Female Athlete Triad
The increased athletic participation of girls and women in sports has produced many benefits, including improved health and fitness, increased self-esteem and self-confidence, and improved psychological and social outlook (Smith, 1996). However, with...
Transition: Are We Doing It?
Since the enactment of Public Law 94-142 (Education for All Handicapped Children Act), as amended by Public Law 101-476 (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act/IDEA), regular physical education classes have included more and more students with...
Understanding Sportsmanship
The pandemic spread of unsportsmanlike conduct is currently denigrating all levels of American athletics. It does not seem to matter where one looks, unsportsmanlike conduct appears to be the norm in America rather than the exception. A quick review...
With Home Trampoline Injuries on the Increase, Should Physical Education Programs Teach Trampoline Skills and Safety?
From 1990 to 1998 I directed a children's gymnastics program. One of our four stations was the trampoline. Over this period we had no significant injuries. We had only some minor skin burns and a couple of sore necks from incorrectly performed front...