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. 64, No. 3, March

One Strike and You're Out: The Need for Risk Management Courses
Thousands of the nation's high school students are injured each year in gyms and on playing fields. Those injuries should concern school administrators, physical educators, and coaches, not only because of the human costs, but also because of the potential...
Teaching Step Training
Step training is a popular aerobic activity that minimizes the risk of impact injuries and challenges the fitness needs of all class participants. Step training (also known as aerobic stepping, step aerobics, or bench aerobics) has become the newest...
The Parachute Curriculum
As play equipment, the parachute is unsurpassed for flexibility and variety of usage. It is also fun, safe, and educational. When budget constraints dictate that materials for physical education be limited, the parachute is a must because of its versatility....
Thomas K. Cureton, Jr
During his lifetime, Thomas K. Cureton, Jr. was one of the most extraordinary and renowned recipients of national and international recognition for professional achievements and contributions toward improving the physical dimension of humankind. Cureton...
Women as Leaders in Physical Education and School-Based Sports, 1865 to the 1930s
In the introduction to her Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Mary Wollstonecraft (1971 ) proclaimed: I wish to persuade women to endeavor to acquire strength, both of mind and body. Let us then by being allowed to take the same exercises as boys...arrive...