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. 5, May-June

2004 AAHPERD Presidential Citations
Theresa Purcell Cone teaches physical education and dance at the Brunswick Acres Elementary School in Kendall Park, New Jersey, and directs the children's dance performance company. She is also a teacher and choreographer for the American Repertory...
AAHPERD National Presidential Scholarship Awards
The AAHPERD National Presidential Scholarship Awards were established to recognize outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in the fields of health, physical education, recreation, and dance. Naomi Lerner, a senior at Adelphi University in...
Collaborating with Classroom Teachers to Increase Daily Physical Activity: The GEAR Program
Working together, physical educators and classroom teachers can infuse more physical activity into the school day. ********** In elementary schools, increasing pressure is being placed on teachers and administrators regarding teacher accountability...
Combining Theory and Practice in the Gymnasium: "Constraints" within an Ecological Perspective
Understanding how a variety of constraints influence movement will allow movement educators to plan lessons that have a greater chance for success. ********** For motor development teachers, the study of theories is critical to the understanding...
Conferences and Workshops
June 4-5, 2004. The Recruiters Institute XII, Raleigh, North Carolina. In its 12th year, this college athletic-recruiting seminar will feature dynamic speakers from nationally prominent men's and women's programs. For more information, or to register,...
Digital Video Assignments: Focusing a New Lens on Teacher Preparation Programs
Teacher preparation now requires the integration of technological skills. Here is how one university has met the challenge. ********** Adelphi University's teacher preparation program was recently challenged by the New York State Education Department...
Honor Awards
The Honor Awards are bestowed annually for meritorious service by members of the Alliance and to the professions represented. Recipients are designated as Honor Fellows in recognition of their high attainment. John P. Bennett, former director of...
Influence of Body Composition and Cardiorespiratory Fitness on Physical Activity in Physical Education Class
The fitness level of American children continues to be a topic of great concern. Low levels of physical activity among children have been associated with an increase in body fat and a higher risk for cardiovascular diseases (Department of Health and...
Is Liability a Growing Concern for the HPERD Professions, and, If So, What Can Be Done about It?
Liability is a major concern for the HPERD professions because we live in such a litigious society. Twenty or 30 years ago, this would not have even been a topic to discuss. Unfortunately, if a child gets hurt in physical education class today, most...
Is School Recess a Recreational Activity?
Auman v. School District of Stanley-Boyd Supreme Court of Wisconsin 248 Wis. 2d 548 634 N.W.2d 762 (2001) 2001 Wis. LEXIS 1603 Recreational-user statutes were originally enacted in all 50 states for the purpose of protecting private landowners...
Luther Halsey Gulick Aware
The Luther Halsey Gulick Medal, designed by R. Tait McKenzie, is regarded as the highest honor of the Alliance in recognition of long and distinguished service to one or more of the professions. Linda K. Bunker is a renowned professor at the University...
Mabel Lee Awards
The Mabel Lee Awards recognize young members of the Alliance who has demonstrated outstanding potential in scholarship and teaching, as well as professional leadership. The quality of performance evidenced by recipients indicates that they will develop...
Promoting Lifelong Physical Activity through Quality Physical Education
Despite the recognized health risks associated with physical inactivity, most Americans are not active enough to achieve health benefits and many report no planned physical activity at all. The Surgeon General's report (U.S. Department of Health and...
R. Tait McKenzie Awards
The R. Tait McKenzie Awards are bestowed annually by the Alliance in recognition of distinguished service by members, which takes place outside the framework of the Alliance but which reflects prestige, honor, and dignity on the Alliance. Barbara...
Sport Education in a PETE Program
Can preservice students learn to teach alternative curriculum models based on book knowledge alone, or should they experience the models firsthand? ********** Curricular models abound in the physical education profession. Some of the more well-known...
The Impact of Inclusion in General Physical Education for All Students
Quality inclusion produces benefits for all students, but inclusion can also produce negative effects if mishandled. The difference depends to a great extent on the environment the teacher creates. ********** Standards define today's educational...
William G. Anderson Awards
The William G. Anderson Awards honor the founder of the Alliance by the annual recognition of nationally known persons in the allied fields who are not members but who have contributed significantly to the professions represented in the Alliance and...