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. 6, August

Dealing with School Facility Emergencies: It Is Our Responsibility
In view of the recent tragic events in some of our schools, I am compelled to plead with educators in all schools (elementary, middle, high, colleges, and universities) to prepare yourselves and reassure students that the facilities they enter remain...
Developing Listening Bodies in the Dance Technique Class: When You Dance, What Is Your Body Telling You?
What does it mean to listen? The definition by Merriam Webster OnLine (n.d.), "to hear something with thoughtful attention," can serve as a useful basis for this discussion. Body listening for dance is simply to attend closely to the processes, functions,...
Effects of Creatine, Amino Acid, and Protein Supplementation on Performance
What Was the Question? Various supplement companies often tout creatine as the ultimate performance-enhancing supplement, as it allegedly allows athletes to train at higher intensities and recover more quickly from fatigue. In addition, it has been...
Grading and Report Cards for Standards-Based Physical Education: Methods of Grading Have Become More Complicated-And More Appropriate!
Physical education teachers are confronted with a high-stakes, standards-based environment that has produced a grading and report card crisis. The development of content standards, greater access to information about student achievement, and an emphasis...
Introduction
The following introduction and three articles complete this two-part feature. In the May/June issue, after an introduction by the feature editors, Susan Lynn argued that all obstacles could be overcome in the pursuit of daily physical education Then...
Lifestyle Physical Activity: Is It Part of Your Physical Education Program?
For over a decade, our profession has embraced the need for lifestyle physical activity as a way to facilitate positive health behaviors outside of school. We have encouraged our students to stay active at home by picking up their toys, washing the...
Obesity Research Roundup
We have previously reported on the link between sleep deprivation and obesity (May/June 2005, p. 5; Jan. 2007, p. 3), and new research published in Child Development (Feb. 2007) now extends that connection to children. A five-year study of a national...
Physical Activity Opportunities before and after School: Addressing the "Activity Deficit" Means Reaching Students before and after School
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2006) recommend that children and adolescents participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity most days of the week, preferably daily. Further, children and young people can...
School Wellness Policy: Community Connections; Community Collaboration Can Improve the Wellness of Students and Community Members Alike
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-265: Section 204) provides an ideal opportunity to stimulate the development of local policies that serve students and communities. It requires each school district participating...
Should School Administrators Hold Physical Educators Responsible for Meeting District, State, or National Standards, and If So, How?
First, we need to develop an integrated system of standards and requirements for physical education at the national, state, and district levels. Many states and districts have no stated or recommended standards. Many school administrators have no ability...
The NASPE Teacher's Tool Box: Only a Fingertip Away
In a world with so much information, the Internet makes it possible to access countless resources, some of which can be very helpful to physical educators, who are always looking for new resources to use in class. State, regional, and national conferences...
The Physical Educator's Role in Enacting the Mandated School Wellness Policy: School Nutrition; Physical Educators Can Successfully Promote Healthy Eating among Students
"New federal regulations celebrated in schools." While a more unlikely headline might be hard to imagine, school physical educators should be delighted with the recently mandated school wellness policies. For the physical education profession, these...
The Stress Process in Physical Education: The First Step to Reducing Student Stress in Physical Education Is to Understand Where It Comes From
Terry and Deborah, two girls highly skilled in basketball, are enrolled in Mrs. Rothman's seventh-grade physical education class. Mrs. Rothman has her students practice basic basketball skills for two class periods, then they spend the remaining eight...
Title IX: Red-Carding a Coach
Jennings v. University of North Carolina Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit 482 F.3d 686 April 9, 2007 Melissa Jennings was a member of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) women's intercollegiate soccer team from August 1996...