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. 8, October

Battling Obesity in K-12 Learners from an Exercise Physiology Perspective: By Appealing to Students' Natural Curiosity, and Using the Tools Embedded in Various Standards, Teachers Can Impart Vital Knowledge about a Healthful Lifestyle
Childhood obesity is among the hottest health topics today. Health and physical educators are in a unique position to tackle this problem, not just for children but for the adults they will become. In discussing the battle against obesity in K-12 learners...
Combating Obesity in the Beginning: Incorporating Wellness and Exercise Principles in Teacher Education Programs; Classroom Teachers Could Contribute More to the Fight against Obesity If All Teacher Preparation Programs Included Wellness and Exercise Principles
For approximately 20 years, sedentary living has been an official health hazard and a major risk factor for coronary heart disease (Pate et al., 1995). Indeed, coronary heart disease is more often caused by a sedentary lifestyle than by the other three...
High-Stakes Testing and the Status of Physical Education
What Was the Question? Principals must continually assess and prioritize the needs of their schools with regard to the curriculum offered, instruction time allocated to different subjects, resources allocated, and student outcomes. In this age of...
If Parents Are Disruptive during a Sports Event, Should Their Participating Child Be Removed from the Program?
Of course, the worst response is "it depends." But it does. When the participating child is of an age that demands parental supervision or care (for example, T-ball for five-year-olds) and the parents are asked to leave, then the child should go, too....
Implementing Service-Learning in Undergraduate Adapted Physical Education: This Course Provides Hands-On Experience to Students and a Valuable Service to the Community
Service-learning (SL) is a growing strategy used in academic classes to address human and community needs in a way that relates to an academic field, to promote civic and social responsibility, and to encompass a reciprocal university-community relationship...
Introduction: Success in the Struggle against Obesity Requires More Than Vegetables and Jumping Jacks. It Requires on Effort across Many Disciplines
Like Robert Conrad said in the old battery commercial, "Go ahead, I dare you." For one month, I dare you to turn on the television news, listen to a radio news program, or open a newspaper without finding a story lamenting our country's obesity epidemic....
Maximizing Safety, Social Support, and Participation in Walking/jogging/running Classes: Exercise Walking May Seem as Natural as Breathing, but a Formal Course Can Promote Lifelong Participation and Safety
Effective teaching of walking/jogging/running classes, whether at the high school or college level, presents a particular challenge to the physical education instructor in that these classes often enroll 20 to 35 individuals of varying health, fitness...
Pat-Down Inspections at Sports Events
Stark v. Seattle Seahawks District Court, Western District of Washington 2007 WL 1821017 June 22, 2007 Johnston v. Tampa Sports Authority Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit 490 F.3d 820 June 26, 2007 Sheehan v. San Francisco 49ers,...
Physical Education and Physical Activity: A Historical Perspective; an Historical Perspective Can Illuminate the Crucial Role That Physical Education Plays in the Development of Lifelong Physical Activity Habits
A large number of recent studies have shown that the lack of physical activity is one of the most evident causes of obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases among children and adolescents (Toschke, von Kries, Rosenfeld, & Toschke, 2007; Zieff,...
Sociological Factors Affecting Childhood Obesity: Culture Plays a Role in People's Attitudes toward Exercise, Nutrition, and Body Image
Data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS, 2006) indicates that the incidence of obesity in the United States continues to be a significant problem in the adult and childhood population, in which 32 percent of adults and 17.1 percent...
Teaching K-12 Students to Combat Obesity: Students Must Enjoy Physical Activity before They Will Use Their Motor Skills outside of Class
A traditional goal of physical education has been to promote an appreciation for physical activity that will inspire students to become lifelong movers (National Association for Sport and Physical Education [NASPE], 2004). With the rising trend of...
Technology: Are You Ready to Present?
In 1999, I had the opportunity to co-author an article for JOPERD with Ed Turner. The article described steps for becoming a successful presenter. The purpose of this editorial is to expand on the information from 1999 and to address some often overlooked...
The Biomechanical Implications of Obesity in K-12 Learners: Few Studies Have Targeted the Musculoskeletal and Mechanical Implications of Excessive Weight
It is not a primary purpose of the biomechanics specialization to "combat" disease, but rather to examine how people move and suggest alternatives to the movement pattern that will enable the performer to become a more skilled mover. As a result, the...
The Dynamic Association between Motor Skill Development and Physical Activity: Poor Motor-Skill Development, Which Limits Success, May Discourage Physical Activity
Given the direct relationships among physical inactivity, obesity, and chronic disease, it is important to understand the underlying mechanisms of the factors that can influence physical inactivity and to determine causal pathways that lead to physical...
The Effect of Weight on Self-Concept, and Psychosocial Correlates of Physical Activity in Youths: The Effects of Obesity Go beyond the Physical
The increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity among youths is recognized as one of the most pressing public health concerns. While considerable attention has been given to the health implications of overweight and obesity, much less attention...
The Geography of Obesity
Report Maps Obesity's Highs and Lows Adult obesity rates rose significantly in 31 states last year, and fell in no states, according to the fourth annual F as in Fat report, issued recently by the Trust for America's Health (TFAH). Subtitled "How...
The Missing Link to Quality Physical Education Instruction
The epidemic level of childhood obesity and related diseases that may cause premature death has the attention of health and physical activity interest groups, legislators, and lobbyists, who are advocating for increased time for physical education...
Vocal Health for Physical Educators: As "Vocal Athletes," Physical Educators Need to Pay Special Attention to Protecting Their Voice
Evidence suggests that teaching can be hazardous to vocal health. For example, compared to individuals in other occupations, teachers are more likely to define themselves as having a voice problem (Smith, Lemke, Taylor, Kirchner, & Hoffman, 1998)....