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. 77, No. 9, November-December

Achieving the Perfect Body: Nutritional Behaviors of Nonprofessional, Regional Female Dancers; Trying to Balance Good Nutrition with the Demand for a Lean Body Poses a Serious Challenge for Dancers
Dance is a performance art and a lifetime physical activity. Dancers gain cognitive, affective, and psychomotor development by participating in dance activities. Proper dance training also enriches the growth and development of young aspiring dancers....
A Multipurpose Fitness Playground for Individuals with Autism: Ideas for Design and Use; Because Traditional Playgrounds Often Do Not Serve the Needs of Children with Autism, Something New Was Needed
Individuals with autism have a wide range of motor skills and fitness abilities (Houston-Wilson & Lieberman, 2003; Manjiviona & Prior, 1995). Physical educators have observed that the processing and response problems experienced by individuals...
Focus Groups: Before Writing a Grant, Know Your Constituents' Needs and Desires; Widely Used in Politics and Marketing, Focus Groups Provide an Effective Means of Gathering Data in Other Settings, Too
The idea for this article spawned from writing a Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP) grant application/proposal. The importance of this topic was reinforced by lessons learned at the Winning Grants Workshop, sponsored by the National Association...
"Got Disc?" the "Ultimate" Experience in Physical Education: Using Discs for a Throwing-and-Catching Game Offers Some Advantages over Traditional Ball Games
One characteristic of a quality physical education program is that students are exposed to, and can participate in, a variety of sports and activities (Darst & Pangrazi, 2006). Most physical educators would agree that a primary objective for teaching...
Is It Possible, within a Four-Year Undergraduate Program, to Prepare Students Adequately to Teach Both Health Education and Physical Education?
In 1951 I completed a doctoral I study tracing the history of professional preparation for physical education in the United States from 1861 to 1948. As I carried out my investigation, it became increasingly apparent that a five-year program of training...
Negligence
James v. Jackson Court of Appeal of Louisiana, 4th Circuit 898 So.2d 596 March 2, 2005 On September 21, 1998, Darrell James, a 16-year-old student at Frederick Douglas Senior High School in New Orleans, collapsed during the physical education...
Setting the Stage for Physical Activity for Secondary Students: Want to Get Students Moving? Try the Stages of Change Model
Despite the positive long-term physiological and psychological effects of exercise, many young adults between the ages of 12 and 21 years do not participate in regular physical activity (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1999). Nationwide,...
Sports Participation Trends
In what may be taken as a good sign in the fight against obesity, the "2005 Sports Participation" survey by the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) showed increased participation in 83 percent of the 41 surveyed sports and activities. The only...
Ten More Reasons for Quality Physical Education
In the August issue of JOPERD, Guy Le Masurier and Charles Corbin (2006) provided their top ten reasons for physical education programs. The article blurb suggested, "When [people] ask 'why,' this is what you tell them" (p. 44). Scientific evidence...
The Effects of Competitive Foods Promoted in Schools
What Was the Question? Recently there has been a great deal of concern about childhood obesity and the role of foods consumed during and after school in mediating a child's weight. While noting that federal guidelines exist for foods distributed...
What Is "The Real Thing"?
I begin each college semester by playing for my students an old Motown standard, "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" by Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell. Just before the song begins, however, I ask my students to think about how the lyrics of the tune...