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. 80, No. 5, May-June

2009 AAHPERD Recognition Awards
LUTHER HALSEY GULICK AWARD The Luther Halsey Gulick Medal, designed by R. Tait McKenzie, is the highest honor awarded by the Alliance in recognition of long and distinguished service to one or more of the professions. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] ...
Celebrating AAHPERD's Quasquicentennial: Strength through Partnerships
What is the quasquicentennial? It is a celebration of AAHPERD's 125 years of existence (1885-2010) as a professional organization. In a year-long feature beginning in this issue and running through February 2010, JOPERD will highlight AAHPERD and its...
Content Development Using Application Tasks to Celebrate and Calibrate
Making tasks relevant for students increases their enjoyment of physical education. Preservice teachers learning how to teach physical education struggle with appropriate task development within lessons. Even experienced teachers may face challenges...
Curbing Risky Behaviors in Adolescent Athletes
What Was the Question? The pressures adolescents face to look better, perform better, and be accepted by peers can create unhealthy and dangerous behaviors, especially among athletes. Behrendt (2008) outlined two programs that have been found to...
Gender and Hazing: The Same but Different
Researchers have shown that sport predominantly operates as a male-defined and male-dominated institution (Bryson, 1987; Hall, 1933; Hargreaves, 1990), where "hegemonic masculinity is the culturally idealized form of the masculine character that emphasizes...
Integrating Multicultural Education: Activities to Celebrate the Chinese New Year
If you are a rooster, can you play the Chinese Shuttlecock-kick game? Multicultural education has been identified as an important part of the total school curriculum, including physical education (Sparks, 1994). As schools in the United States become...
Judicial Review of Eligibility Issues in Scholastic Athletics
Elizabeth Mancuso was a talented swimmer who attended the Austin Preparatory School her freshman year, but did not compete for the school team. Instead she competed as a member of a private swim club. In the fall of 2000, Mancuso transferred to Andover...
Should Disability Sports Be Included in the General Physical Education Curriculum?
Disability sports should be included in the general physical education curriculum because they promote an understanding, tolerance, and appreciation of the athletes who excel in disability sports. I have seen these athletes during the 2002 Winter Olympics...
The American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation: Tracing Our Roots to 1939
Even the "youngest" of AAHPERD's national associations has a long history. "AAALF/AALR Boards Vote 'YES'" read the headline of the Fall 2004 issue of Active Voice, a special combined newsletter of the two associations that merged to form the American...
The Physical Education Deficit in the High Schools
Over the past few years, elementary and middle school physical education programs have continued to improve. Across the country, many more physical educators are applying solid movement education and skills-approach models to physical education in...
Using Sport Education to Teach an Autonomy-Supportive Fitness Curriculum
Here is a way to enhance fitness, teamwork, and autonomy all at once. This article describes an autonomy-supportive fitness curriculum for fifth graders that the authors developed and implemented using the sport education model (Siedentop, 1994)....
Wellness Education for Dancers a 15-Year Retrospective
No less than football, dance can take a heavy toll on the human body. Suzanne Gordon (1986) wrote, "We have spent the last 50 years nurturing the art of dance. We need to spend the next 50 years nurturing the artists, without whom the art is not...