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. 68, No. 2, February

Agassiz Village: Case History of a Residential Field Experience
The great Brazilian teacher/ philosopher, Paulo Freire, believes that nothing in life is ever learned without some sort of risk involved. If that is true, what role does risk play in the curricula of schools today? From my experience, observations,...
Considering the Time Demands, Should Beginning Physical Education Teachers Be Allowed to Coach?
I must respond with a resounding YES! Qualification or competence to coach is not measured by the fact that one has little or no experience. I have known a few first year teachers/ coaches who were more qualified than others who had been teaching...
Developing Expertise in Teaching and Coaching
What does it take to be great? This question has been explored by people throughout the ages. Few have found the answer. It is a question asked by people who aspire to be great athletes and performers, as well as those who aspire to be better teachers...
Exercise Physiology Course Content - Is It Practical for Most Teachers?
Why is information on pediatric exercise physiology lacking in most teacher education programs? With this article, I hope to stimulate a discussion thin the physical education community, among K-12 physical education school personnel and college/university...
Herbal Energizers: Speed by Any Other Name
Currently, more than one hundred types of over-the-counter (OTC) stimulants are sold in the United States (Consumers Union, 1995). This article focuses on stimulants sold to high-school-age athletes and dieters. These OTC stimulants are sold as "herbal...
Monitoring Competition for Success
Much debate exists concerning the role of competition in children's physical activity programs. Some professionals believe competitive games are valuable for preparing children for nonsport competition, while others have suggested competitive games...
Multimedia Lesson Plans - Help for Preservice Teachers
Preservice teachers must understand that teaching roles in a technologically rich environment differ significantly from their own student experiences. Because students in the public schools today are--and will continue to be--more technologically...
On the Learning and Teaching of Physical Skills
Physical education needs to come to terms with itself as to what it really knows (and doesn't know) about the learning and teaching of physical skills. The term "physical education," as used throughout this editorial, refers to the people and institutions...
Put Some Fitness in Your Football
Football continues to be a favorite sport unit of physical education students at the secondary school level (Strand & Scantling, 1994). While its popularity cannot be questioned, its contribution to students' cardiovascular fitness can. Consider...
Swim Test Requirements at Four-Year Universities in the United States
Statistics from the National Safety Council (1995) indicate that drownings were the fifth leading cause of death in the United States in 1993 with more than 4,500 fatalities nationwide. In 1992, the last year that deaths were broken down categorically,...
The Development of Expertise
The well-honed skills and extensive knowledge of experts allow them to perform the most complex tasks with graceful ease and extraordinary proficiency. Expert physical education teachers and coaches possess characteristics and qualities that set them...
The Elements of Expertise
In nearly all human endeavors, certain individuals consistently perform at higher levels than others; some people for one reason or another stand out from the majority. These individuals are often labeled exceptional, superior, gifted, talented, special,...
Why Do High School Students Drop out of Physical Education?
Shrinking enrollments in elective physical education programs have consistently been reported over the past several years. This is happening while several recent studies have found that, in general, secondary level students are "very satisfied" with...