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. 74, No. 9, November-December

A Problem-Based Approach to Teaching Exercise Physiology: Gender Differences in Athletic Performance
My early teaching of exercise physiology revolved around the traditional lectures and laboratories on central principles and the related topics within the discipline. More recently, during a lecture on the physiology of the female athlete, I realized...
Avoiding Mismatches
Koffman v. Garnett Record No. 020439 The Supreme Court of Virginia 574 S.E. 2d. 258 January 10, 2003 In the fall of 2000, 13-year-old Andrew W. Koffman began his first season of organized football by joining his middle school's football...
Children's Enjoyment of Physical Education
With the decline of student participation in physical education classes throughout much of the country, it is more important than ever to document the factors that are related to the lack of physical activity among America's youths. Children's attitude...
Developing Observation Strategies to Enhance Teaching Effectiveness in the Dance Class
The dance class is a dynamic environment for both the student and the teacher. Because students are moving at all times, the task of observing them is especially challenging. It is only through observation that educators can really know what students...
Early Bird Specials for Soccer
Waiting for students to change clothes and report to the gym for roll call is often a management nightmare for physical education teachers. Those students who dress and arrive early are restless and want to get started, while other students take too...
Injury Rates in Sports
Injuries have always been and will always be a part of sports. In 2002, Americans suffered a total of 20.3 million sport-related injuries, according to the "Comprehensive Study of Sports Injuries in the U.S.," conducted by American Sports Data (www.americansportsdata.com)....
Movement Is Essential to Learning
Hannaford (1995) reminds people that "the human qualities we associate with the mind can never exist separate from the body" (p. 11) because movement is an indispensable part of learning and thinking, as well as all integral part of mental processing....
Recognition and Prevention of Injuries in Recreational Rock Climbers
During the past decade, many artificial climbing walls have appeared all across the nation (Rooks, 1997). With the increased availability of artificial walls, rock climbing has become one of the more popular activities the recreationists, physical...
Should the Main Objective of Adapted Physical Education Be the Development of Motor Skills or the Development of Self-Esteem?
The development of motor skills should be the main objective of adapted physical education. However, I also believe that the development of self-esteem should be a natural "by-product" of an effective adapted physical education setting. The main objective...
Using Graphic Organizers to Develop the Cognitive Domain in Physical Education
Physical education is one of the few disciplines that call provide children with educational opportunities to develop in all three domains: the psychomotor, affective, and cognitive. Students develop in the psychomotor domain as they gain balance,...
Virtual Reality Applications in Physical Education
Editor: Mel. E. Finkenberg I recently visited DisneyQuest, an indoor interactive theme park where guests can shoot the virtual rapids, ride in a roller coaster simulator, sail on the virtual sea, and ride a bicycle in a virtual race against other...