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. 9, November-December

Creative Movement from Children's Storybooks: Going beyond Pantomime; Acting out Stories Provides a Cross-Disciplinary Entree to the Creative-Dance Experience
A favorite movement-education activity is to pantomime a children's storybook. Pantomime lessons are often used as an opportunity to apply learned skills and knowledge by producing movements that match actions in the story (Purcell-Cone, 1994; Purcell-Cone,...
Dancers at Risk: Who's in Charge?
Choreography today often places greater demands on dancers' bodies than in the past, frequently without a change in training methods. Ideally, and without abandoning traditional requirements, new training methods should be used to prepare dancers for...
Dodgeball: Beware of Litigation
Lindaman ex rel. Lindaman v. Vestal Central School District 785 N.Y.S.2d 549 New York Appellate Division, Third Department November 18, 2004 The plaintiff, a seven-year-old second grader at Vestal Central School District (Broome Co., NY),...
Fit to Be Tied! the Relevance of Ties in Teaching Physical Education: Umpires and Referees Must Decide Plays One Way or the Other, but Games Require No Such Decisive Conclusion
The enormous importance of physical education in promoting a lifelong love of physical activity has been increasingly recognized in all corners of society. By developing lifelong adherence and commitment to physical activity, physical education advances...
Helping the Struggling PETE Candidate: A Model of Intervention and Assistance; A Systematic Remediation Process Can Help Programs Avoid the Choice between Failing Students or Graduating Poor Teachers
The topic of effective teacher preparation, improved teacher quality, and higher academic learning and performance from teacher candidates has provoked major discussion at the national and state levels during recent years (Hativa, Barak, & Simhi,...
School-Based Physical Activity Programs: A Model Leadership Program Aims to Help Youths Make a Successful Transition to Adulthood
Some communities already offer an array of school-based extracurricular and community-based programs involving sports, music, art, and community service; however, this is far from the norm. Factors such as low availability, high cost, no means of transportation,...
Should Recess Be More Structured and Supervised in Order to Increase Students' Physical Activity?
As an elementary classroom teacher and an elementary physical education specialist for the last 20 years, I have observed that some students with unstructured recess sometimes choose to do little or nothing. I believe that structured recess is the...
Take Full Advantage of Your Opportunities at the AAHPERD 2006 National Convention & Exposition in Salt Lake City, April 25-29
Over the years, the Alliance has mastered, as few other institutions have, the ability to adapt to changing times. These changes have been accomplished in spite of expected philosophical differences, as well as the more subtle re-definitions of how...
Youth Challenges in Today's Society: Introduction
Youths spend approximately 80 percent of their waking hours outside of a formal education setting (Noam, Miller, & Barry, 2002). By offering high-quality programming after school and during summer vacation, professionals have the ability to transform...
Youth Services: Strategies for Programming; Relational Programming Offers a New Perspective for People Working in Youth Services
One of the major challenges facing youth workers today is the development of programs and services that are meaningful and relevant and that promote in young people a sense of responsibility for their learning and personal growth. A testament to the...