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. 7, September

A National Study of Nonrenewal in High School Coaching: Who Is Coaching, and Why Are They Dismissed?
Like those who hear the catch phrase on Donald Trump's TV reality show The Apprentice, many coaches are hearing those dreaded words "You're fired!" On the reality show, the stakes are high because the eventual winner receives a position overseeing...
Assessment and Interpretation of Body Composition in Physical Education: Should You Use Skinfolds, Bio-Electrical Impedence, or BMI?
The physical educator's role is evolving into that of a teacher who is well educated in the areas of teaching, skill acquisition and development, motor learning, exercise physiology, physical conditioning, weight management, health, and lifestyle management....
Creating an Environment for Sportsmanship Outcomes: A Systems Perspective; Systems Modeling Can Guide the Changes Needed to Improve the Sport Environment
The following two articles complete this two-part feature edited by Gary Ellis. In the August issue, after an introduction by Ellis, Greg Bach described the Parents Association for Youth Sports and its approach to improving spectator behavior. Then...
Embodying the Spirits: Puppets in the Dance Studio; Using Puppets Helps Students Get in the Spirit
The tradition of using giant puppets in dance rituals is widespread throughout Africa. Puppets, most often involving large masks, are used to embody spiritual beings, creating a sense of excitement and reverence (Dagan, 1997). They can represent deceased...
Getting Involved in the IEP Process: The Law Requires Physical Educators' Involvement, but It Does Not Guarantee It
Ms. Crowel is a physical education teacher in United City Middle School. She has been teaching there for three years and is very meticulous about her teaching, curriculum, and paperwork. She has an undergraduate degree in physical education, which...
Increasing Program Exposure through Enhanced Media Relations
Regardless of the area or level of involvement and participation, HPERD professionals and their programs can receive many benefits from positive media coverage. This is true whether you teach physical education, organize dance performances, administer...
In Light of the Editorial in the April 2006 JOPERD, What Are Some Valid Ways to Assess Interests in Athletic Participation for Title IX Compliance?
In 35 years of Title IX, we have seen the challenges and arguments pro and con. Most recently, the 2005 letter of clarification has presented yet another challenge to the law, which arguably has had greater impact on American women's sports than any...
Medicine Ball for All: A Novel Program That Enhances Physical Fitness in School-Age Youths; More Than a Retro Fad, Medicine Ball Training Can Improve Fitness
Elementary and secondary physical education teachers are incorporating a variety of lifetime physical activities into their curriculum. Not only are these activities exciting and challenging for the students, but adding variety to the curriculum provides...
Negligence and Waivers
In August 1999, Leonardo Umali was injured in a mountain bike race in Vermont. Umali filed suit against defendants Mount Snow, USA Cycle (USAC) and the National Off-Road Bicycle Association (NORBA), alleging that the course was negligently designed...
Parents' Perceptions of Their Child's Fifth-Grade Physical Education Program
What Was the Question? The purpose of this study (Sheehy, 2006) was to examine parents' perceptions of their fifth-grade child's physical education program and the sources of information from which those perceptions were derived. In the current...
Peter W. Everett, 1924-2006
Dr. Peter Everett, professor emeritus at Florida State University, died March 22, 2006, at age 81. A person of high integrity who committed his life to professional and public service, Peter served as president of the Alliance from 1981 to 1982. ...
Promoting Sportsmanship in Youth Sports: Perspectives from Sport Psychology; Sport Psychology Provides Crucial Insights for Improving Behavior in Sport
This article provides theoretical and practical information about sportsmanship in youth sports. The authors first define the concept of sportsmanship and discuss how competition influences it; then, a brief overview of the theoretical underpinnings...
Stop "Passing the Trash": Addressing the Circulation of Repeat Sex Offenders in Coaching
Numerous current affairs television and radio talk shows have recently focused on the increase and prevalence of sexual predators, internet seduction, and child sex trafficking in our midst. National media headlines commonly document the prevalence...