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. 7, September

Barbara Forker, 1920-2010
Dr. Barbara Forker, professor emeritus at Iowa State University, died on May 31, 2010, at age 89 in Green Valley, Arizona. A person of high integrity, commitment, and compassion, Barbara gave her heart and soul not only to the department she chaired...
Bullying and Legal Liability
The parents of a student who was subjected to persistent harassment and bullying over the course of several years brought a Title IX suit against the school district and its superintendent for failing to take reasonable action to halt or prevent such...
Bullying: Proactive Physical Educator's Contribution to School-Wide Prevention
Bullying has been thoroughly examined over the past few decades, especially in the early '90s and again at present. Although not a new concept, bullying continues and can be considered an increasing problem in schools across the nation (Feinberg &...
Can Our Field Have a Mission?
Now, well into my 70th active year in a field that has been searching for a "consensual name" for well over a century, I admit that at one point I too thought that the question had been resolved. I can remember C. H. McCloy (arguably the top "physical...
Communities of Coaches the Missing Link: Coaches Need Not Face Challenges Alone
Coaches, like all professionals, have unique needs relative to how they learn their practice and progress toward higher levels of professional comfort and competence (Sigelman & Rider, 2009). Interscholastic coaches are no different in this regard....
Determining the Most Appropriate Physical Education Placement for Students with Disabilities: By Following a Systematic, Eight-Step Process, Teachers and Other Stakeholders Can Achieve Proper Placements
Adapted physical education (APE) is physical education designed to meet the unique needs of the child in the least restrictive environment (LRE). It is important to remember that APE is the service to the child, it is not the placement (Lieberman &...
Getting to Know Your Students the Importance of Learning Students' Thoughts and Feelings in Physical Education: A Student-Centered Approach Allows Teachers to Design Lessons That Meet the Needs of All Students
Your class walks out to the field for the first day of a Softball unit. A few students sprint ahead with their gloves, eager to play the game. Others talk among themselves and slowly make their way to the field. When it is time for game play, some...
How Strict Should Academic Standards Be for Participation in Interscholastic Sports?
I think that academic standards should be high for our student athletes. High school and collegiate sports should be a privilege for students who are not just gifted athletically, but who can also handle an academic work load. The problem with lowering...
Improving Core Strength to Prevent Injury: Safe and Correct Performance of Movement Skills Requires Postural or Core Control
The topic of core stability has recently become very popular not only in the sports medicine realm but in the fields of education and health and fitness. However, the concept of core stability has lacked thorough discussion related to its true application....
In-School Physical Activity for Children with Intellectual Disabilities
What Was the Question? Youths with intellectual disabilities (ID) have been reported to have lower levels of cardiovascular fitness and muscular strength, as well as higher levels of adiposity compared to children without ID. Pitetti, Beets, and...
Physical Activity and Academic Achievement
Two recent studies presented at the American College of Sports Medicine's 57th Annual Meeting in Baltimore added to the evidence that physical activity may improve academic achievement in both children and adults (see recent JOPERD articles by Smith...
Re-Examining Our Understanding of Inclusion
The idea of teaching students with disabilities in physical education evokes a variety of responses depending on who your students are, where you teach, your personal skill set, and the type of support you receive from your administration (Soodak,...
Sport Participation Trends
After an increase in sport participation in the United States in 2008, reversing a two-year decline in 2006-07, the "2009 Sports Participation" survey by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) again showed a decline in participation. In 2009,...
Unlocking the Power of Situational Interest in Physical Education: Interest-Based Motivation Can Evoke Enjoyment of Learning
How do I develop and maintain my students' interest in learning? What can I do to make my lessons more interesting? Finding the answers to these questions has become more challenging for teachers as the number of disengaged and unmotivated students...
Using Floor Tennis to Introduce Tennis Skills in Elementary Physical Education
Teaching tennis in elementary physical education may not always be possible for several reasons. Elementary schools may lack access to tennis courts for student practice. If a teacher is fortunate enough to have access to regulation courts, there are...