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. 79, No. 9, November-December

An Integrated Approach to an Undergraduate Kinesiology Curriculum a Case Study about Stalling in Wrestling: Specialized Disciplines Offer Multiple Perspectives on Sport and Exercise Questions, but How Can They Be Integrated?
Kinesiology is a broad field that draws from numerous domains, including physics, physiology, psychology, and philosophy. Consequently, kinesiology undergraduates are exposed to coursework in biomechanics, exercise physiology, sport psychology, ethics,...
Fat but Healthy?
A recent study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (Aug. 11/25) found that a considerable proportion of overweight or obese people are metabolically healthy, while many normal-weight people have cardiovascular problems that are not related...
Guidelines for Placement of Children with Disabilities
Adapted physical education (APE) is a service for children with disabilities, it is not a placement. John Hockenberry, a famous journalist who happens to use a wheelchair, once said, "There are no unique needs, there are just needs." Every child has...
Object Lesson Plans for Health-Related Fitness (HRF)
As with all lesson content, teachers should assess the appropriateness and safety of these lessons for their intended audience. Some of these lessons may not be suitable for students with certain health issues. Component 1: Cardiorespiratory Fitness...
Participation in Sports and Physical Education in American Secondary Schools
What Was the Question? Johnson, Delva, and O'Malley (2007) conducted a study that aimed to determine the levels of physical education and school-based sports participation of American secondary students and to examine the influence of grade level,...
Restructuring the Secondary Physical Education Curriculum to Meet New Challenges: Sharing Equipment and a Curriculum Offers an Affordable Way to Increase Students' Physical Activity
Physical educators face a major challenge in aligning their curriculum with state standards while providing programs that have a lasting impact on the health and well-being of students. It is important for students to gain the knowledge and confidence...
Rethinking a Commitment to Olympic Sports for Girls
No doubt we all enjoyed the success of the United States Olympic team during the 2008 Summer Olympic Games. However, in our work with children in the classroom and gymnasium, or in our research and outreach involving children and physical activity,...
Should Physical Educators Address Political Questions in the Sports Arena, Such as the Recent Controversy over the Olympics?
Physical educators who are worth their salt should be able to tap into a storehouse of Olympic history, which has repeatedly seen the interpenetration of sport and politics. The dominant symbol of the 1936 Berlin Olympics was the Nazi swastika! At...
Team Building for Youth Sport: Coaches Play a Vital Role in Making or Breaking the Cohesion of a Sport Team
A major component of physical activity for children is participation in team Sports at both the recreational and the competitive levels. In Canada, over half (54%) of children ages five to 14 are involved in sports on a yearly basis (Sport Canada,...
Termination of a Coach
Bd. of Directors of Ames Sch. Dist. v. Cullinan Supreme Court of Iowa 745 N.W. 2d 487 February 29, 2008 Dennis Cullinan was employed by the Ames (Iowa) School District in 1997 as a high school social studies teacher and head boys' basketball...
Training Elementary School Classroom Teachers to Lead Developmentally Appropriate Physical Education: In the Absence of Credentialed Specialists, How Can Schools Improve the Teaching of Physical Education?
Physical education delivered during the school day provides early health promotion and an opportunity for children to engage in moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA). It is widely acknowledged that it is ideal to have credentialed physical...
Using Object Lessons to Teach Health-Related Fitness Concepts: Teaching through "Feeling"? That's How We Learned "Hot" and "Cold
Imagine watching a physical education class playing a vigorous game of basketball. As always, the more athletic students are everywhere: running, passing, and shooting. Typically there are three or four obese kids who predictably jog or walk from end...