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. 4, April

Beanballs: An Inherent Risk in Baseball
Margeaux Lawson-Lloyd Avila v. Citrus Community College District 41 Cal. Rptr.3d 299 April 6, 2006 On January 5, 2001, the Rio Hondo Roadrunners and the Citrus Community College Owls played a preseason baseball game. During the game, Rio...
Children, Schools, and Fast Food
What Was the Question? Americans appear to be increasing their consumption of calorie-rich, cheap, fast foods. Researchers estimate that Americans will spend over $150 billion a year at the 280,000 fast-food restaurants that now exist in the United...
Choosing an Active Lifestyle Don't Do as I Do; Do as I Say
Aspiring teachers across disciplines lament the behavior of those preparing them for a career when they say one thing and do another. Sadly, this incongruence may be creeping into the norms of behavior for new physical educators, and the consequences...
Drive for Competence: Teaching Golf to Elementary Students
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE, 2004) defined a physically educated person as one who possesses the knowledge, skills, and confidence to engage in physical activity throughout life. The concern regarding the sedentary...
Establishing Cooperative Competency-Based Internships for Parks and Recreation Students: Using a Competency-Based Assessment Can Improve the Internship Experience for Recreational-Management Majors
An undergraduate education in parks and recreation goes beyond completion of required general education courses and major courses that focus on such things as programming, facility management, or budgeting. It is assumed that students are not fully...
In Light of the Viewpoint Article in the January 2007 JOPERD, How Should Dance Be Delivered in the K-12 Curriculum, and Who Should Be Responsible for Teaching Dance?
I find that dance fits into the physical education setting best and think that physical educators should be primarily responsible for teaching dance to students. The fundamentals of dance include body and space awareness, rhythm, timing, social interaction,...
In the Moment: Honoring the Teaching and Learning Lived Experience; the Most Exciting and Fulfilling Teaching Moments Often Fall outside the Planned Tasks of a Lesson
As teachers, we are eternal learners. Everyday, we learn something new about ourselves, about our students, and about our teaching. We dread the days when our lessons just do not work. We are bothered when we feel we cannot reach each student, and...
Is the Extinction of High School Physical Education Inevitable?
Twenty years ago, JOPERD published a feature on the problems and possibilities of high school physical education. In the introduction, the overarching problem was explained this way: "We have failed to provide an experience that [students] perceive...
Motivating Paraeducators to Be Actively Involved in Physical Education Programs: Paraeducators Offer Invaluable Help in the Inclusive Class, but Gaining the Full Benefit of Their Services Requires Proper Supervision
Marian was a part-time paraeducator for Sara. Marian hated it when it was time to take Sara to physical education during third period. The smell of the locker room brought back bad memories of her physical education experience as a child. She never...
Preventing and Treating Type 2 Diabetes through a Physically Active Lifestyle: With Type 2 Diabetes Exploding in the School Population, Physical Educators Can Play an Important Role in Countering the Disease
The decrease in time spent in quality physical education has serious implications that can influence the health and well-being of children. The trend today is to decrease time in physical education, or even eliminate it entirely from school curricula...
The Mental Side of Obesity
Few people will be surprised by a link between obesity and depression, but a study last year quantified it as never before (Archives of General Psychiatry, July 2006). Based on a survey of 9,125 adults in the United States, the researchers linked obesity...
Using a Generic Invasion Game for Assessment: Conducting Authentic Assessments for Invasion-Game Knowledge and Skills Just Became Easier!
Since the introduction of the teaching games for understanding (TGFU) model (Bunker & Thorpe, 1982; Werner, Thorpe, & Bunker, 1996), resources have been developed to help teachers use this approach in their instruction (Hopper, 2002; Mitchell,...
Using Goal-Directed Reflection to Make Reflection More Meaningful: Teacher Educators Recognize Reflection as Vital to Good Teaching, but Reflection Itself Needs Structure and Direction If It Is to Be Meaningful
The role of a physical education teacher education (PETE) program is to develop high-quality teachers, and quality reflection lies at the heart of good teaching. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) beginning teacher standards...