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. 82, No. 9, November-December

Addressing Challenges to the Shared Use of School Recreational Facilities: Community Partnerships That Enable the Shared Use of School Recreational Facilities Benefit Everyone
The idea of schools sharing their recreational facilities after hours with local I parks or community groups is not new. In fact, the concept has been around I for quite some time, and its merits have been discussed (Crompton, 2000; JL. Dustin, Hibbler,...
Celeste Ulrich, 1924-2011
Dr. Celeste Ulrich, teacher, mentor, distinguished administrator, eloquent speaker, prolific writer, and author died a few days short of her S7th birthday on August 4, 2011, in Eugene, Oregon. She served as president of the Alliance from 1976 to 1977,...
Connecting the GPE and APE Curricula for Students with Mild and Moderate Disabilities: Each Student Should Be Able to Reach the Top of His or Her Own Learning Pyramid
"Laura is 10 years old and has an intellectual disability (IQ = 60). She is in fourth m grade and has been included in general physical education (GPE) for the past four m years, tier parents are meeting with her physical education teacher, Ms. Badger,...
Creative Paradoxical Thinking and Its Implications for Teaching and Learning Motor Skills: Understanding Paradoxes Such as "Less Is More" Can Improve Teaching Effectiveness
In my 20 years of teaching and research in the area of motor skill acquisition and performance, I have encountered many phenomena (either research findings or anecdotes) that first puzzled and then fascinated me. I would like to introduce three fictitious...
One Choreographers Tale of Dance Making
There are times when a written word, poem, or story urges the choreographer to go to the studio and begin moving. This was not one of those times. There are times when the needs of the dancers dictate what we create for them. This was not one of those...
Pedagogical Uses of Technology in Physical Education: Choose Your Technology to Aid Your Teaching, Rather Than Designing Your Lesson to Fit the Available Technology
The effective preparation of teachers in the use of educational technology has been extensively discussed by researchers in the past few years (Koehler & Mishra, 2008; Liang, Walls, Hicks, Clayton, & Yang, 2006; Settlage, Odom, JL. & Pedersen,...
Should P-16 Physical Education Programs Focus More on Wellness and Obesity Prevention Objectives and Goals?
Physical education should not focus more on obesity--it is broader and more important than that. A failure to deliver on obesity-based promises could push physical education closer to the curricular chopping block. Worse than being removed from schools...
Strategies for Developing a University-Sponsored Youth Sports Summer Camp: The Success of a Camp Takes Careful Strategic Planning
During the summer, universities leave the opportunity to serve the health, physical activity, and educational needs of youths through on-campus camps. An example is Hellison's (2003) Neighborhood Scholar Program, in which high school students helped...
The Advantages of Transforming AAHPERD into a Professional Physical Education Organization
I became a member of AAHPERD fin 1974, through tine National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS, formerly DGWS}, when I was a freshman physical education major at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. In these past 37 years, I have...
Waivers: Contracts of Adhesion?
Gina Stelluti v. Casapeen Enterprises, LLC, D/B/A Powerhouse Gym 975 A.2d 494 (2009) On January 13, 2004, plaintiff Gina Stelluti joined a health and fitness club known as Powerhouse Gym. Fifteen minutes after joining the gym, Stelluti participated...