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. 75, No. 6, August

Facilitating Second Language Acquisition in Elementary and Secondary Physical Education Classes: The Increasingly Diverse Student Population Makes Every Teacher a Teacher of English
It is a well-known fact that cultural and linguistic diversity are increasing in schools across the United States. University teacher education programs now often require courses in multicultural education in an effort to sensitize future teachers...
From Supervised to Unsupervised Exercise: Factors Associated with Exercise Adherence
Many adults find exercise adherence difficult, yet few studies have been conducted to examine older adults' exercise adherence patterns. To address this lack, Crowley et al. (2003) examined exercise adherence among older adults in both a clinical and...
Getting the Most out of PE Central
The PE Central web site (www.pecentral.org) has grown from its humble beginning in the fall of 1996 to become one of the most widely used resources by physical educators. The web site averages 2.7 million page views a month (a page view is counted...
Identifying and Teaching Children with Learning Disabilities in General Physical Education
The parent of a nine-year-old child with learning disabilities in my class approached me on "Parents' Night" and said: I was sitting with my son Paul on the couch last week; we were talking about school, and he said to me, 'Mom, at my old school...
Introduction: The Concepts and Principles of Physical Education Provide the Foundation for Fulfilling the National Standards
When I look at the adults with whom I come in contact, I often wonder what type of physical education program they had in school. What can those people who had a high-quality K-12 physical education program accomplish compared to those who did not?...
It's Okay to Be a Beginner: Teach a Motor Skill, and the Skill May Be Learned. Teach How to Learn a Motor Skill, and Many Skills Can Be Learned-Even after a Student Leaves School
One of the biggest problems physical educators face is dealing with classes that include students with a broad range of interest and ability in the skills that are taught. Any particular class will contain students at different stages of development....
Mismatching in Youth Sports
Prejean v. East Baton Rouge Parish School Board 98 0063 (La.App. 1 Cir, February, 1999) 729 So. 2d 686; 1999 La. App. Lexis 412 The incident that provoked this lawsuit occurred at Dalton Elementary School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The plaintiff,...
New Books
The Basketball Handbook Lee Rose Human Kinetics, paper, 240 pp. $18.95 The Child's Right to Play: A Global Approach Rhonda L. Clements & Leah Fiorentino Greenwood Publishing Group cloth, 440 pp., $59.95 Dance/Movement Therapists...
No, You Do Not Have to Run Today, You Get to Run: Using Physical Activity to Teach Fitness Concepts across the Curriculum Will Encourage Students to Develop Good, Lifelong, Fitness Habits
"Do we have to run today?" This familiar student whine poses a serious challenge to physical educators, who aim to develop positive attitudes toward physical activity through natural play patterns and enjoyable class activities. Changing attitudes...
Small Amounts of Exercise Can Prevent Weight Gain
People with little time for exercise may be pleased to read a recent report, published in the January 12, 2004, issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, which stated that overweight adults who are not on a diet need only a small amount of exercise to...
Student Motivation in Physical Education: Breaking Down Barriers; Student Motivation in Physical Education Typically Declines after the Early Years. Why? and What Can Be Done about It?
Students in kindergarten appear to be propelled by curiosity and driven by an intense need to explore. They are willing to interact with and make sense of their environment. Rarely does one hear complaints that preschoolers are unmotivated in physical...
Teaching Spatial Awareness to Children: If You Don't Know Where You Are and Where You're Going, You Can't Move Effectively
Traditionally, physical education programs have been based on the premise that a good teaching program involved playing games, running races, and playing team sports. Teachers assumed that playing games would develop the skills necessary for children...
What's Motor Development Got to Do with Physical Education? Learning Basic Motor-Development Concepts Will Help Students Understand the Skill Differences They See in Their Classmates and in Themselves
Why is motor development important? Why are developmental concepts important to know? These concepts are important to all physically educated persons because they help them to appreciate and anticipate the many changes that individuals undergo from...