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. 2, February

125 Years of Leadership in the Heart of America
You are cordially invited to attend AAHPERD's 125th National Convention & Exposition (March 16-20) and participate in our anniversary celebration, including special events to commemorate AAHPERD's 125-year history. Indianapolis is a city with...
Applying the Sport Education Model to Basketball
With only seconds remaining in the postseason championship basketball game, the Blue Dragons trail by one point and have the ball. Recognizing the urgency at hand, their captain and point guard calls a play for Tammy, the team's best scorer. The players'...
Conducting a Successful National Girls and Women in Sports Day Event: You Too Can Promote Sport and Physical Activity Opportunities for Girls and Women
National Girls and Women in Sports Day (NGWSD) was originally introduced in 1987 to commemorate Flora (Flo) Hyman, a former U.S. Olympic Volleyball team member and a long-standing advocate for girls and women in sports, who passed away unexpectedly...
Front Squat or Back Squat: Which Is Better?
What Was the Question? Traditionally, the terms "squat" and "back squat" have been used synonymously. However, "squat" can apply to a number of lower-body exercises such as body-weight squats, front squats, and split squats, just to name a few....
Increasing Student Motivation through Teacher Communication Six Essential Skills Every Physical Educator Should Master: Good Communication Often Takes More Than Just Speaking
The vast scope of literature dedicated to motivation in physical education underscores a pervasive problem in the gym: unmotivated students. Currently, theories of motivation grounded in self-determination and achievement-goal tenets prevail in much...
Jane Austen's Views on Dance, Physical Activity, and Gender as an Interdisciplinary Topic
Right now, the United States Department of Education recommends that teachers should make connections between abstract and concrete concepts as part of best practices, in order to help students understand challenging topics and learn to transfer...
Making Teacher Work Samples "Work" for Accreditation: Teacher Work Samples Can Provide the Evidence of Quality Teaching Needed for the NCATE Accreditation Review Process
The purpose of a teacher education program is to develop preservice teachers into knowledgeable and skilled professionals who have a positive impact on student learning. Quality teaching produces student learning, thus the product of a quality teacher...
Physical Educators Must Address Diversity Now!
Why is it that accrediting organizations, colleges of education, grant-funding organizations, and school administrators think that teachers need to know more about teaching diverse groups of students? Why is there such an emphasis on diversity in education?...
Risk Management in the Original Extreme Sporting Event: The Pole Vault: With More "Catastrophic" Injuries Than Any High School Sport, the Pole Vault Requires Close Attention to Safety Issues
Extreme sports are having a major impact on youth sport activities. School-age athletes are attracted to the fun and excitement of extreme sports such as snowboarding, BMX cycling, and skateboarding. One of the original extreme sporting events, pole...
School Drug Strip Searches Limited in Scope
Though not pertaining to a sport-specific case per se, the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Safford Unified School District #1 v. Redding has significant implications for high school athletes in defining the extent to which they might be subjected...
Should Physical Education Teachers Assume the Role of Physical Activity Director in the Schools?
I think that physical education teachers would be a great choice as physical activity director in schools. We have the knowledge, experience, and the love for physical activity, so why not carry that over into a new role? Physical education teachers...
Strength through Partnerships
The theme "Strength Through Partnerships" implies that AAHPERD's mission and goals can be achieved by developing strategic collaborations and partnerships that foster a. ''win-win'' environment for all parties. Partnerships are based on mutual respect,...
The Research Consortium, 1977-2010: Contributions, Milestones, and Trends: By Promoting the Research Necessary to Guide Sound Practices, the Research Consortium Had Benefitted All HPERD Professionals
The Research Consortium has been and is increasingly an important and integral part of AAHPERD and it has made substantial contributions to the body of knowledge and its application. The AAHPERD Research Consortium has a proud history, which I am pleased...
The Role of Teacher Work Samples in Developing Effective and Reflective Physical Education Teachers: This Real-Life Example Demonstrates the Benefits of Using Teacher Work Samples in Physical Education Teacher Education
In the words of a teacher candidate, "Teacher Work Sample made me think of my students first, rather than just me and my teaching. It really made me realize that what I did had a direct impact on what students learned and I learned a lot about myself...
What Is a Highly Qualified Adapted Physical Education Teacher? It Requires More Than a College Degree and a Teaching License
On January 8, 2002, President Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act into law. This act required statewide accountability for student performance in reading and math, greater flexibility for parents to make choices for their children if they attended...