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. 7, September

Addressing Parents' Perceptions in the Marginalization of Physical Education: The Influence of Parents-Over Policymakers, Other Parents, and Their Children's Attitudes-Cannot Be Ignored
Physical education continues to occupy the fringe of the academic experience of public school students. With the exception of South Carolina, physical education is not part of the high-stakes testing movement, and consequently we continue to see a...
Adolescent Males in Dance: A Closer Look at Their Journey
Denial, acceptance, excellence--which stage are your male dancers in? In recent years, dance seems to have become a more acceptable and enjoyable activity among males, thanks to the popular media and a more open-minded audience. Television shows...
Allowing Private Youth Sport Endeavors at Public Facilities
Approximately 47 million boys and girls between the ages of five and 18 years old participate in youth sports each year (Ewing & Seefeldt, 2002; National Federation of High School Associations, 2010). Virtually every community in the nation offers...
Assessment Modifications for Students with Disabilities in Sport Education: Current Assessment Tools Need Modification If All Students Are to Become Competent, Literate, and Enthusiastic Sportspersons
Sport education is a curriculum model intended to provide authentic and contextualized sport experiences for students during their school physical education classes (Siedentop, 1994). The main goal of the sport education curriculum model (sometimes...
Contact Sport Rule Is Alive and Well in Iowa
Benjamin Feld, Larry Feld, and Judith Feld v. Luke Borkowski 790 N.W.2d 72 (2010) On June 2, 2005, Benjamin Feid was playing first base on a slow-pitch softball team when right-handed batter Luke Borkows-ki swung and hit a foul down the third-base...
Increasing the Value of Physical Education in Schools and Communities: Connecting Physical Education to Life through a Community-Based Orientation Can Make the Subject More Meaningful
The marginalization of physical education involves many facets, including the beliefs of students and teachers and the context of schools and of the communities in which schools are located. Nearly two decades ago, Rink (1993) and others described...
Increasing the Value of Physical Education: The Role of Assessment: Stakeholders Must See Evidence of Program Effectiveness If They Are to Value the Content Being Taught
The following four articles complete this two-part feature. In the August issue, after an introduction by Feature Editor Alisa R. James, Mary L. Henninger and Kristin B. Carlson suggested strategies for boosting physical education's value in K-12 schools....
Nutrition Education for College Freshmen: What Works and What Does Not
What Was the Question? Kicklighter, Koonce, Rosenbloom, and Commander (2010) identified the perceptions of 34 college freshmen, in a new student orientation course, concerning the effectiveness of a module called Nutrition Survival Skills taught...
Pap Smears and Safer Sex: Promoting Sexual Health among Female Athletes
Many important topics were addressed during the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS) sessions at the AAHPERD national convention this year, including but not limited to coaching, obesity, eating disorders, sexual harassment, and...
Physical Education Teacher Education: Creating a Foundation to Increase the Status of Physical Education in Schools: Addressing Certain Problems in PETE Would Help to Reduce the Marginalization of Physical Education
What role can physical education teacher education (PETE) play to reduce the marginalization of physical education in K-12 schools? The solution to the issues outlined in the introduction to this feature--such as low status, a shifting focus, and a...
Recruiting Future Physical Education Teachers through Experiential Learning
Show, don't just tell. The recruitment of high-quality high school graduates and transfer students is critical to the future of physical education teacher education (PETE) programs. At the same time, selecting a post-secondary institution of higher...
Should Physical Educators Go through an Evaluation in Which Low-Performing Teachers Are Eliminated?
This issue relates to accountability. I advocate for standardized physical education cur-riculums and tests that students must pass to graduate from high school. By making students responsible for achievement of physical education objectives with standardized...
Using Sport Education to Teach Wall Climbing
Wall climbing has become one of the most popular activities both inside and outside the physical education setting (Mittelstaedt, 1997; Stiehl & Chase, 2008). Students are drawn to wall climbing for numerous reasons, including the feeling of individual...
Weight Loss Strategies * Activity Aids Test Scores
Seven Steps to Lasting Weight Loss What weight-loss strategies work? One way to find out is to ask people who have succeeded in losing weight and keeping it off. To do this, James O. Hill and Rena Wing founded the National Weight Control Registry...
Why Sportsmanship Programs Fail, and What We Can Do about It: We Need to Redefine People's Understanding of Competition, Which Should Be about Striving for Excellence
"Nice guys finish last." This well-worn phrase crops up in sports as frequently as weeds in a garden. It reflects the deeply held belief of many athletes, coaches, fans, and sports media personnel. That it is unsupported by research may be irrelevant....