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. 78, No. 3, March

2007 National Convention & Exposition
Valuable, Viable, Visible The value of health, physical education, recreation, and dance professionals and programming is visible each day as we observe the health and well-being of our children, youths, and adults. Through the efforts of our membership...
Drug Testing in Interscholastic Athletics
Dominic v. Wyoming Valley West High School U.S. District Court, Middle District of Pennsylvania 362 F. Supp. 2d 560 March 22, 2005 In February 2002, Dominic M. was removed from his Wyoming Valley West (WVW) High School swim and water polo...
Guidelines for Implementing a Dynamic Warm-Up for Physical Education: As Doubts about the Value of Static Stretching Grow, Dynamic Exercise Offers a More Beneficial Warm-Up Procedure
It is important for all students to warm up before participating in the main activities of a physical education class. A general warm-up of low-intensity aerobic activity such as walking or jogging, followed by static stretching, is typically used...
Higher, Faster, Stronger, Drunker? the Need for Effective Strategies to Prevent Alcohol Abuse among Female Athletes
When people think of athletic participation, many think of the benefits that accompany life as a star athlete. Sports typically provide an environment in which positive attitudes toward healthy competition, discipline, respect for authority, and social...
Including Children with Autism in General Physical Education: Eight Possible Solutions; to Successfully Include Students with Autism, You Must First Believe That It Can Be Done
United States Department of Education statistics (USDE, 2003) indicate that the number of children diagnosed with autism has increased more than fivefold since 1990 and that the percentage of these children being included in general education settings...
Including Students with Severe, Multiple Disabilities in General Physical Education: With Careful Planning and Support, You Can Successfully Include Students with Severe, Multiple Disabilities in General Physical Education
The following four articles complete this two-part feature edited by Carol Ryan. In the February issue, after an introduction by Ryan, April Tripp, Terry L. Rizzo, and Linda Webbert argued that the creation of a truly inclusive environment requires...
Incorporating Video Games into Physical Education: Between Their Popularity and Their Efficient Delivery of Information, Video Games May Help to Enhance Students' Motivation, Understanding, and Performance in Sports
The growing prevalence of video gaming among young people, particularly males, is often considered to be a contributing factor in the rise of obesity and the shrinking levels of physical activity among youths. This popular belief has been contradicted...
Looking at the Past to Understand the Present: Women and Sport
Because March is Women's History Month, it is appropriate to consider how the past contributions of women have shaped the sport realm. Through history, we can learn from the past and enhance our understanding of the present state of sports. This editorial...
Physical Activity Levels in Girls' Middle School Physical Education
What Was the Question? Increasing opportunities for children to engage in physical education is a critical intervention in combating such health problems as obesity and type 2 diabetes as stated by the Task Force on Community Preventive Service....
Promoting Leadership in Physical Education and Recreation: Opportunities to Lead Should and Can Be Made Available to All Students Regardless of Their Physical Abilities
Dora is a third grader who is deaf. She is very athletic and greatly enjoys participating in physical education. Her physical education teacher, Ms. Schedlin, noticed that after instruction for each activity, Dora waited 10 to 20 seconds to initiate...
Should Professional Preparation Programs Have Any Authority to Limit the Types of Jobs That Future Professionals May Take While Enrolled?
No! Students who work their way through school are to be commended. Often, those are the students with a purpose in attending school. The types of jobs they perform while attending school is their business. As students progress through their training,...
Transitioning Children, Youths, and Young Adults with Disabilities: Without Transition Services, the Purpose of Inclusion May Go Unfulfilled
The process of transitioning children and youths with disabilities, as well as those without disabilities, occurs many times throughout their educational lives. The process begins at home, continues through early childhood education, middle or junior...