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. 1, January

A Comprehensive Approach to Health Promotion
Physical education programs have long been acknowledged as a key component in school health promotion efforts. Wuest and Lombardo (1994, p. 288) call the promotion of healthy lifestyles an "important legacy" of school physical education. Pate, Corbin,...
Connecting Secondary Physical Education with the Lives of Students
In recent years, there is mounting evidence confirming the health-related benefits of engaging in moderate levels of physical activity. Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General (United States Department of Health and Human Services,...
Goalie's Grief and Glory
One of the toughest concepts to teach children about defense is to cut down an angle to prevent an opponent from taking a shot on goal. Normally, the position involved is goalie. The game "Goalie's Grief and Glory" works quite well at imparting this...
How to Be a Successful Presenter
Presenting is a skill. Any skill can become better with proper planning and practice. This article will give you ideas and strategies that will make you a better presenter. All of the ideas and strategies included here can be used by teachers for school...
Professional Preparation of Personal Trainers
Career opportunities for graduates of physical education programs have extended far beyond public school gymnasiums and college activity programs. Increasingly, physical educators find interesting and challenging positions in allied health professions...
Race, Ethnicity, and Physical Activity
It's a beautiful day at the park in a metropolitan area known for its racial and ethnic diversity. Imagine that all of the park's visitors represent the numbers, ages, colors, and cultures of the many different kinds of people who live in the city....
School Health-Related Physical Activity Programs: What Do the Data Say?
The Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General provides a landmark review of research on physical activity and clearly identifies its contributions to lifelong health (U.S....
Sexual Harassment
Joseph Oncale was subjected to sexual harassment while working as a roustabout for an oil company. His complaints to supervisory personnel produced no remedial action, and he subsequently quit the company. Oncale filed a complaint against Sundowner...
Should Physical Education Classes Return to Teaching Males and Females Separately?
To answer the question of whether males and females should be taught separately, we must first examine our goals. If our highest priority is for students to achieve the highest possible level of skill and fitness, then it may be appropriate to organize...
Teaching Study Skills through Classroom Activities
Are your preservice students failing to meet expectations for class preparation? Are your discussions meaningless to the learning process? Do your students complain about buying and using the class textbook? Do your students ask too many questions...
The Case for Learning Strategies in Physical Education
The bases are loaded. There are two outs. I'm up to bat. I know I've just got to hit that ball. The first ball comes to me. Easy. Easy. Looks good. I swing. The teacher yells out emphatically "STRIKE ONE." O.K. Gina. Just wait. Take it easy. You don't...
The Surgeon General's Report and Community Recreation for People with Disabilities
Disability is universal. It encompasses people of all backgrounds and ages. All of us will likely be affected by a disability at some time in our lives, due to such conditions as a broken limb, depression, or pregnancy. People with disabilities (short...
What Factors Influence Physical Education Classes in Urban High Schools?
Fights, poverty, lack of support, negligence, and the danger of getting shot are just some of the problems that teachers and students in urban schools have to confront. Besides having to face these problems in urban communities, they also struggle...