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. 69, No. 6, August

Absence of Supervision
The Vonungern and Imbierowicz vs. Morris Central School Case Supreme Court, Appellate Division, NewYork, June 19, 1997 658 N.YS.2d 760 (A.D. 3 Dept. 1997) We are pleased to introduce this new department, which will address a vital area for HPERD...
Activity Profiles: A Closer Look at a Day in the Life of Two Students
Activity profiles provide decision makers with contextually vibrant windows into the lives of children in and out of schools. As part of school reform and renewal, activity profiles stimulate thinking about learning outcomes, the conditions that nurture...
Capturing Dance on Paper
People record movement images on paper for various reasons and with different methods, resulting in different kinds of representations. A visual artist sketching a moving dancer in a darkened theater makes a pictorial image. A choreographer jotting...
Demystifying Motif Writing
What Is Motif Writing? Motif Writing is a symbol system for writing movement concepts. It springs from Rudolf Laban's movement notation system Labanotation (Kinetography Laban) but differs in that its purpose is to stimulate movement exploration...
Female Athletes and the Media: Strides and Stalemates
This is the second part of a three-part feature on promotion of sports for girls and women. In the May/June issue, after an introduction by feature editor Nancy L. Lough, Deborah J. Rhea discussed the implications of physical activity and body image...
Form Follows Function
A few years ago, General Motors popularized the saying "Form Forever Follows Function" to advertise that their cars were designed to fit the needs of the consumer. Thus a family car might be designed to be roomy, with wide doors and many safety options,...
Girls and Women in Sports: From One National Day to Gold Every Day
The year 1996 will long be remembered in sport history as the "Year of the Sports Woman." More women competed in Atlanta in 1996 than in any event in the 100-year history of the Olympic Games. According to the United States Olympic Committee (1997)...
How Can Teachers and Coaches Better Prepare Youths with Disabilities for Competition?
Increased opportunities in competitive sport for youths with disabilities are placing additional demands on adapted physical education teachers and coaches, who must prepare these individuals for a competitive environment for which the participants...
Listening to the Voices of Students with Physical Disabilities: Experiences in the Physical Education Classroom
Participation in physical education is deemed important in developing life skills and motor proficiency for students with disabilities (Auxter, Pyfer, & Huettig, 1997; Gallahue, 1996; Sherrill, 1993). Many assume these two outcomes can be achieved...
Movement Symbols and Their Role in Dance Education
Most people involved in dance love its immediacy. The physical sensation of dancing and the energy it generates is a major motivator in dance and the teaching of dance. The idea of writing down a dance, in symbols, stick figures, or words, may appear...
New Books: 1998
Active Youth Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Human Kinetics, 168 pp., $12.00 Activity for Everyone: Children of All Abilities in a Regular Physical Activity Program Deborah Randazzo & Kris Corless American Association for...
Physical Educator: Role Model or Roll the Ball Out?
"Teachers have a great deal of influence on people in what they say, the way they act, the way they present their material, and the role model they present." (Joe Paterno as cited in Sabock, 1985, p. 93) A role model is an individual whose actions...
Swing Away with SwingAway[TM]
Inside ... outside. ... all around the plate, SwingAway[TM] is the portable/transportable hitting trainer that helps perfect a player's swing regardless of the type of pitch. This tethered-ball trainer is easily reposiitoned to simulate virtually any...
Technology: Attitudes, Efficacy, and Use by Practicing Physical Education Teachers
Recently I had a technology conversation with a couple of physical education teachers who have been teaching for more than 20 years. My thoughts were quickly jumping from electronic mail, to videotapes, handheld computers, heart-rate monitors, and...
Vital Steps for Saving Our Programs
Over the course of the past year, colleagues in other states have often expressed envy that Illinois public schools have a mandatory daily physical education requirement for kindergarten through 12th grade. What most people do not know, however, is...