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. 76, No. 3, March

Choosing the Best Digital Camera for Your Program
Many educators in physical education, recreation, dance, and related fields have begun using digital images to enhance their teaching (e.g., Ryan, Marzilla, & Martindale, 2001). Many other educators would like to begin using this technology, but...
Congratulations! A Guide for the New Graduate Student: After 16 Years of Schooling, You May Feel like an Expert Student-But Graduate School Is Different!
Dear New Graduate Student, Congratulations! I am happy to hear that after years of teaching physical education in public school you have decided to return to the university as a graduate student. I am sure that after reading about the application...
Integrating Mental-Skills Training into Everyday Coaching: Physical Skill Alone Won't Turn a Loser into a Winner. the Good News Is You Don't Need a Psychology Degree to Strengthen Your Players' Mental Skills!
Some of the articles written and published in journals and coaching publications tend to assume that most coaches do not actively sharpen their athletes' mental game (Silva, 1984; Smith & Smoll, 1996; Strean, 1995). Other articles state that there...
Should the National Standards in Physical Education Be Used as the Basis for Student Grades?
I would answer this question with another question. Are the national standards used as the goals of the curriculum? If the answer is yes, the national standards should be used to assess student grades. If the answer is no, the curriculum goals should...
The Importance of Bone Mineral Density in Women
Osteoporosis is a serious bone disorder affecting over 25 million Americans, 80 percent of whom are women. Low bone mineral density is a major precursor to osteoporosis. Physical activity and calcium intake have been shown to cause significant gains...
The Integrated Curriculum of "Planned Approach to Healthier Schools": Improved Nutrition and Increased Physical Activity Blaze a Path to a Healthier Lifestyle
Planned Approach to Healthier Schools (PATHS) is a multicomponent school program that aims to establish and sustain a social norm consistent with physical activity and healthy nutrition in the school community. The PATHS components include (1) a professional...
Training the Baseball Hitter: What Does Research Say? Guided Too Long by Folklore, Baseball Batting Has Become a Science
Former baseball star Jim Lefebvre (1983) claimed that hitting a baseball may be the most talked about but least understood skill in all of sports. Historically, hitting instruction has been based on intuitive thinking by "hitting gurus," rather than...
Using Target Heart-Rate Zones in Your Class: It's Never Too Early to Teach Fitness Concepts, but When to Teach What Is a Bit More Complicated
Should I teach the calculation of target heart rate to my students? And when is it appropriate to engage students in the attainment of these heart rates during physical education class activities? The answers to these questions are not easy. One might...
Weighing the Risks in Physical Activity
I consider myself an experienced outdoorsman, having completed the Appalachian Trail and the Vermont Long Trail, and having hiked extensively in the Rockies. My sons grew up hearing about switchbacks, topographic maps, and down-filled sleeping bags....
What Should You Do When Faced with Sexual Harassment?
Burlington Industries v. Ellerth 524 U.S. 742 United States Supreme Court June 26, 1998 Kimberly Ellerth quit her job after 15 months as a salesperson in one of Burlington Industries' divisions, allegedly because she had been subjected...