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. 77, No. 5, May-June

2006 AAHPERD Recognition Awards
LUTHER HALSEY GULICK AWARD The Luther Halsey Gulick Medal, designed by R. Tait McKenzie, is regarded as the highest honor of the Alliance in recognition of long and distinguished service to one or more of the professions. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED]...
Dance Movement and Spirit: Issues in the Dance Education Curriculum
Like an erupting volcano, River-dance drummed into the world ten years ago as a seven-minute act to represent a traditional dance form when the World Singing Championships were presented in Dublin. In short order the unique amalgamation of Irish step...
Dance Movement as a Way to Help Children Affected by War
Who can escape the worldwide violence wrought amid the 21st century? Many children fear that they or someone they know will lose a relative or friend through terrorism. Many have. We, as professionals in dance movement therapy (DMT), dance education,...
Developmentally Appropriate Soccer Activities for Elementary School Children: Youth Soccer Offers Insights for Teaching Elementary School Children
The sport of soccer has seen significant growth across multiple levels for the past two decades. Nowhere has this growth been more dramatic than at the youth level. It is estimated that well over 20 million children have some involvement with the game...
Facility Accessibility: Opening the Doors to All; Accessibility Does Not Happen by Itself-You Have to Plan for It!
A facility developed for fitness, physical activity, recreation, or sport is a vital community resource that contributes to the overall health and wellness of people in any community. In order to maximize the benefits derived from these facilities,...
In Light of the Editorial in the February 2006 JOPERD, Do Online Physical Education Courses Meet NASPE's Standards for Quality Physical Education?
A totally online experience in physical education would fall short of ensuring that prescribed outcomes would be satisfied. There is no question that online education has merit for certain courses and portions of others--particularly when cognitive...
Physical Educators as Teachers of Literacy: You Already Are a Teacher of Literacy, Whether or Not You Know It
Recently, in a second-grade class, a young student skidded into the room and shouted in excitement, "Mrs. W.! The physical education teacher just said rambunctious!" Mrs. W. responded, "Why did he say that?" and the student replied, "Because we were...
Planning and Designing Safe Facilities: If All Hazards Were Obvious, This Article Would Be Unnecessary
The following two articles complete this two-part feature. In the April issue, after an introduction by feature editor Julia Ann Hypes, Michael G. Hypes discussed the planning process for facility development, and Thomas H. Sawyer examined the many...
Proper Maintenance of Athletic Fields and Legal Liability
Range v. Abbott Sports Complex et al. Supreme Court of Nebraska 691 N.W.2d 525 February 4, 2005 The plaintiff, Christopher Range, was participating in a soccer match at the Abbott Sports Complex in Lincoln, Nebraska. While running down...
Stretching and Muscular Endurance Performance
What Was the Question? While it has become common practice for coaches and trainers to accept and promote the virtues of stretching before performing exercise or engaging in sports, it appears that the athletic world's beliefs about stretching may...
The Power of Dance in Society and Education: Lessons Learned from Tradition and Innovation; Rich Dance Experiences, and the Dynamic Tension between Tradition and Innovation, Provide a Solid Foundation for Dance Education
Traditionally, concepts such as art appreciation, student-centered learning, and holistic wellness have often been at odds with educational priorities for selected school subjects and teacher-centered learning. However, education reform around the...