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. 4, April

Batting-Cage Design Flaw
A baseball player brought action against the operator of a recreational facility for an injury sustained when a batted baseball ricocheted off a pole that formed part of a batting cage. The operator moved for summary judgment. Complaint The plaintiff...
Dance Dance Revolution and EyeToy Kinetic Modifications for Youths with Visual Impairments
Youths with disabilities tend to be less physically active than their peers without disabilities, and one of the goals of Healthy People 2010 is to reduce this disparity (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). Unfortunately youths with...
Educational Gymnastics Enhancing Children's Physical Literacy: Harnessing the Natural Actions of Children Offers a Great Way of Developing Body Management
The viability of gymnastics as a significant portion of the K-12 physical education curriculum seems to have decreased in recent years. Physical educators raise the specter of lawsuits, bemoan the lack of equipment, grumble about daily schedules that...
Evidence-Based Practice in Adapted Physical Education: Teaching Practices Supported by the Best Available Evidence Hold the Greatest Hope of Meeting Students' Unique Needs
The term "evidence-based practice" (EBP) has become a popular topic in the literature and professional meetings in the fields of medicine, nursing, agriculture, and many other disciplines (Bernard-Opitz, 2006; Slavin, 2003). The movement toward EBP...
Infusing Sign Language and Spanish into Physical Education: Overcoming Language Barriers Is Easier Than It Seems
Shawn and Destiny are in the same fourth-grade class and they are Deaf. They are in a school where most of the children who are Deaf are integrated into regular classrooms. The physical education teacher, Mr. Lewellen, noticed that when he told the...
Teaching and Assessing Content Knowledge in Preservice Physical Education; Teachers' Effectiveness Depends Not Only on What They Know, but on How They Teach It
What teachers know about the content they teach has been an enduring question among researchers who have written about teacher education. Much of the discussion about content knowledge (CK) in the past two decades has been informed by the work of Shulman...
Teaching and Assessing Racquet Games Using "Play Practice" Part 1: Designing the Right Games: Using Modified Game Play as a Form of Practice Can Enhance the Acquisition of Both Technical and Tactical Skills
This is the first of two articles that will highlight design and assessment aspects of racquet game play. This article's content is based on the principles and strategies that are central to games-based approaches to instruction, specifically the use...
The Status of Physical Education for Children with Disabilities in the United States
For many years, professionals in the field of adapted physical education (APE) and general physical education have been working hard to ensure that children with disabilities can experience success in their classes. Several initiatives have focused...
Understanding Arthritis Promoting Healthy Lifestyles for Older Adults: Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Professionals Can Play an Important Role in Addressing the Physical Limitations Caused by Arthritis
The term arthritis encompasses any inflammatory disease that affects the joints. A leading cause of disability, arthritis affects one in five adults 18 years of age and older in the United States (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2006)....
Using Collaborative Learning Technologies to Facilitate Effective Group Work
Most health, recreation, and physical educators attempt to provide their students with "real-world" learning opportunities. Experiential education or service-learning projects are common means to provide these real-world opportunities. One such teaching...
What Middle School Physical Educators Know about Health-Related Fitness
What Was the Question? Castelli and Williams (2007) examined the health-related fitness (HRF) content knowledge of 73 middle school physical education teachers and their self-efficacy in teaching these concepts to middle school students effectively...
What Role Should Physical Education Play in the Outside-of-School Physical Activity Environment?
As the fitness leaders in the community, physical educators should use every opportunity inside and outside of class to promote the health of the people around them. By taking the initiative to start intramural programs, activity clubs, and community...
Women Leaders in Sport: Where's the Gender Equity?
The increasing sport participation among girls and women has been well documented. According to the National Federation of State High School Association's (NFHS) Athletic Participation Survey, girls' participation in high school sports increased over...