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. 4, April

African American Women in Sport
African American women have made significant contributions and set standards of excellence in every aspect of sport. Although seldom recognized and rewarded, they have excelled in many sports including tennis, golf, gymnastics, figure skating, volleyball,...
Anglo-American Women in Sport
During the past 20 to 30 years, sport participation opportunities for girls and women have grown tremendously. According to Acosta and Carpenter (1998), the mean number of female teams offered by NCAA institutions today; is 7.71, compared to 5.61 teams...
Asian Women in Sport
It did not take me long to realize that information about Asian women in sport was scarce. In fact, as I surveyed the literature, much of the research done in the early 1960s and 1970s seemed to center around the physiological and biomechanical concerns...
Can Girls Have Success in the Sport Education Model?
Physical education classes have long been seen as male dominated. Physical education teachers have used many different techniques and strategies to encourage girls to participate and enjoy physical education class. Hastie (1998) conducted research...
Girls and Women with Disabilities in Sport
It is a little-known fact that the history of girls and women with disabilities in competitive sport dates back to the early 1900s and has continued to evolve throughout the 20th century. For the most part, this history is somewhat difficult to trace...
Giving Women a Chance to Learn: Gender Equity Principles for HPERD Classes
For a century, the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) has advocated for women in the areas of sport and physical education. In fact, NAGWS began as a college physical education association for women. NAGWS was also one of the...
Hispanic Women in Sport
Traditions, the spirit of culture, are dearly held. Reconciling Hispanic traditions with the broader community is sometimes a daunting task for families trying to excel in American society. This is particularly true of Hispanic traditions concerning...
Lesbians and Bisexual Women in Sport
What does it mean to celebrate the past from the perspectives of lesbians and bisexual women in sport? How do we celebrate a history of silence and omission? Despite this silence, lesbians and bisexual women have always been part of women's sport as...
NAGWS: 100 Years
The National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS), a nonprofit, educational organization designed to foster quality and equality in sport for girls and women, is celebrating its 100th birthday. "NAGWS began in 1899 and continues today as...
NAGWS and AIAW: The Strange and Wondrous Journey to the Athletic Summit, 1950-1990
Elite female athletes run faster, throw farther, and jump higher as they climb to the summit of their sporting experiences atop mountain peaks of championships, Olympic Golds, and professional sport opportunities. Due to the breaking down of gender...
NAGWS Centennial: Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future
In 1999, the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) reaches an important milestone, marking 100 years of service. It is a time for celebration, a time of reflection, and a time to envision our future. The centennial theme, "Celebrating...
NAGWS: Our Future Evolves from Our Past
The history of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) is rich with stories of triumphs and struggles to advance opportunities for girls and women in sport. The 1999 centennial theme, "Celebrating the Past, Shaping the Future,"...
Native American Women in Sport
As the National Association for Girls & Women in Sport (NAGWS) celebrates its 100th birthday, it is important to examine the contribution, history, values, and philosophy of sport within the population with the longest American lineage: Native...
Our Responsibility to Uphold the NAGWS Mission
Sport can be a salvation for our society. Its benefits range from improved health and quality of life, to increased self-confidence and enhanced skills for personal and social responsibility. For girls and women, these benefits can be not only life-enhancing,...
Should Men Coach Women's Teams and Vice Versa?
My answer to this question is an unequivocal "YES!" Coaches should be hired based on their expertise and coaching ability alone; gender should never enter into the decision. Philosophically, it is very pernicious to even remotely consider the gender...
The Evolution of Separation
As The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance observes the 100th anniversary of the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport, I do not wish to recapitulate viewpoints that are surely espoused throughout this feature, but rather...
The War and Postwar Years (1940-1952)
The accomplishments of six past presidents are highlighted in this, the fourth of nine segments designed to commemorate the NAGWS centennial, 1899-1999. In addition to writing, editing, and publishing guides, the women of this era enthusiastically...
Title IX
Daniels vs. School Board of Brevard County, Florida United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Orlando Division, November 25, 1997 985 F.Supp. 1458 (M.D.Fla. 1997) Facts of the Case Jessica and Jennifer Daniels were members of the Merritt Island...