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. 8, October

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Beyond Games, Gadgets, and Gimmicks: Differentiating Instruction across Domains in Physical Education; "Avoid One-Size-Fits-All Instruction" Is a Sound Injunction, but How Should Teachers Individualize Instruction?
Imagine the following scenario in a physical education class: elementary students arrive for class and warm up individually or in small groups by arranging exercise cards in an order of their own choice. After the students warm up, the teacher informs...
Biomechanics in the Postsecondary Population: Are We Taking Our Best Shot? "Applied Biomechanics" Needs to Become Truly Applied
The program description for the All-Academy Symposium in Chicago contained the phrase, "Traditionally, NASPE has focused on promoting physical activity for K-12 students." While this may be an appropriate reflection of many of the academies, biomechanics...
California Amusement Rides and Liability
Gomez v. Superior Court California Supreme Court 29 Cal.Rptr.3d 352 June 16, 2005 Twenty-three-year-old Cristina Moreno traveled from Spain to California for her honeymoon in 2000. As part of her visit, she rode the Indiana Jones amusement...
Choosing Appropriate Assessments: Here Are Five Questions You Should Ask Yourself before You Pick an Assessment Instrument for Use in Your Class
Physical educators are facing increasing pressure to demonstrate accountability through student assessment (Fay & Doolittle, 2002; Lambert, 1999). At the same time, they struggle to find ways to efficiently and effectively assess their students...
Correction
A combination of layout and proofreading mistakes led to the inadvertent omission of all but one reference in the article, "Is Your Class About Something? Guiding Principles for Physical Education Teachers" by Keven A. Prusak and Susan D. Vincent (August...
Enhancing the Quality of After-School Programs through Effective Program Management
The 21st century has seen a considerable increase in the establishment of after-school programs across the United States (U.S. Department of Education, 2005; Vandell & Shumow, 1999). Federal, state, city, and community initiatives have created...
Leisure-Time Physical Activity, Sedentary Behavior, and Physical Fitness among Adolescents: Varying Definitions Yield Differing Results in Fitness Research
A number of relationships involving physical activity and health are well-documented in the literature. Physical inactivity is associated with overweight and weight gain (Tremblay et al., 1990; Williamson et al., 1993) and with relative risk for coronary...
"Lifetime Fitness for Health" Course Assessment: Implications for Curriculum Improvement; Lifetime Fitness for Health Courses Can Have a Positive Influence on Students' Physical Activity Attitudes and Behavior
Every other year, comprehensive school health education programs and policies are assessed nationally using the School Health Education Profile (SHEP) survey (Grunbaum et al., 1998). The data are collected in modules that are completed by different...
Moving Souls: History Offers Insights into Physical Activity That Go beyond Fitness and Fun
How can a discipline such as history affect physical activity knowledge and practice in American culture today? This article will briefly look at four theoretical themes that scholars insist on when studying history. The themes--social memory, liminality,...
Phat Exercise: How Young Adults Enjoy and Sustain Physical Activity; Intrinsic Motivation Promotes Exercise Adherence, but How Can It Be Instilled?
Studies show that typically half of the students on any college campus are sedentary and that the frequency with which they exercise declines even further after graduation. A national survey showed that only 33 percent of students on college campuses...
Physical Activity in Young Adults: Introduction
A great deal of the work in our field in regard to physical activity has been done with children, and recently the physical activity needs of older adults have also received considerable attention. For the most part, however, all other adult age groups...
Sport Philosophy: Implications for Increasing the Activity Level of Postsecondary Adults; Enjoyment, an Essential Component of a Physically Active Lifestyle, Proves Difficult to Measure
Collectively, the six K-12 physical education standards (National Association for Sport and Physical Education [NASPE], 2004) encompass a range of motor, cognitive, and affective competencies that are important for children and youths to know and to...
The Influence of Attitudes about Weight
Obesity stereotypes and antifat attitudes influence the social behavior of middle school students according to a study presented last June at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Using a series of questionnaires and...
The Short- and Long-Term Effects of Quality Physical Education
What Was the Question? The short- and long-term effects of quality physical education programs have been a subject of considerable debate by educational administrators and state legislators during the past decade. While physical educators have repeatedly...
Well Researched, Yet Little Understood: Young Adults and Physical Activity; What Do Young Adults Think and Feel about Their Physical Activity Experiences?
What is the purpose of physical education? That question has inspired debate within the field since its inception. Current debates are heavily influenced by public health discourse, and physical activity is a significant component of that discussion....
What Level of Competence in Sports Medicine Should Be Required of Coaches?
Coaches, regardless of their level, should be certified in basic first aid, CPR, and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED). They need to be trained regarding liability and those laws that apply to the field of coaching. There is a certification...