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. 80, No. 2, February

Celebrating the Laban Legacy
This past year marked 50 years in the evolution and further development of applications of Rudolf Laban's original movement perspective. Celebrations took place in Europe, South America, and the United States on the 50th anniversary of Laban's death....
Implications of the Physical Educator's Broadened Wellness Role; as Physical Educators Morph into Wellness Directors, Programs Need to Change How They Recruit and Train Teacher Candidates
Our society faces a health crisis. During the last several decades, childhood obesity rates have increased dramatically, and children are becoming overweight at an earlier age (National Center for Health Statistics, 2006; Ogden et al., 1997; Strauss...
Is One Three-Credit Course in Adapted Physical Education Sufficient for General Physical Educators?
No! As I travel around the county visiting 15 different schools, physical education teachers tell me that they are not prepared, they feel lost, they don't have a clue, and they don't know what to do with students with disabilities. And they don't...
New Books
100 Pioneers: African-Americans Who Broke Color Barriers in Sport Richard Lapchick, Jessica Bartter, Jenny Brenden, Stacy Martin, Horacio Ruiz, & Marcus Sedberry Fitness Information Technology, paper, 469 pp., $24.95 Balanchine the Teacher:...
Physical Activity Overcomes Genetic Predisposition
Several studies have shown that FTO (fat mass and obesity associated) gene variants are related to higher body mass index (BMI) and obesity. In fact, people with two copies of the FTO gene weigh an average of seven pounds more and are 70 percent more...
Recreation Facilitation Styles and Physical Activity Outcomes in Elementary School Children
What Was the Question? The increasing number of single-parent families and families with two working parents has resulted in an increased reliance on after-school recreation offerings. While after-school programs are expected to provide many benefits...
Rock Climbing: An Experience with Responsibility: This Youth Development Program Helps Youths "Climb" to Adulthood
Many people worry that today's youths face more obstacles and receive less direction on their way to adulthood than any previous generation. With overburdened schools, overextended parents, dangerous substances, gangs, and a society that appears to...
Teaching Taekwondo through Mosston's Spectrum of Styles: The Spectrum Offers Flexibility in Teaching Various Aspects of Martial Arts Content
Over the past three decades, the martial arts have enjoyed increasing popularity in the United States due in part to action films, professional wrestling, mixed martial arts, and ultimate fighting (Skidmore, 1991). This increasing interest has led...
The Mobile Gymnasium Using Tablet PCs in Physical Education; with Expanded Capabilities in a Compact Form, Tablet PCs Are Poised to Transform Physical Education
Technological progress continues to have an impact on the fabric of contemporary society, transforming how we educate, communicate, and socialize. If physical educators are to keep pace with their students in this exceedingly dynamic environment, they...
(Un)Reasonable Search in High School Athletics
York et al., v Wahkiakum School District #200 Supreme Court of Washington 178 P.3d 995 March 13, 2008 As school districts around the country consider drug testing for student-athletes, attention recently turned to the state of Washington,...
Using Visual Supports for Students with Autism in Physical Education: This Comparatively New Communication Technique Can Help Students with Autism to Succeed in Physical Education
Imagine yourself teaching a physical education class. In the middle of your explanation of an activity, a student starts running around, flailing his or her arms, and making a screeching sound. You approach the student and begin to explain that the...
What Do They Have That I Don't Have? Characteristics of National Board Certified Teachers
Every physical educator should strive to develop these skills. Recent research in physical education has demonstrated a relationship between National Board Certification (NBC) and student competency levels in motor skills, fitness knowledge, outside-of-class...
What Is a Physical Educator?
What is a physical educator? Let us start by defining what a physical educator is not. A physical educator is not an exercise physiologist, a biomechanist, a motor learning or motor development person, an athletic trainer, a theoretical pedagogist,...