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. 5, May-June

2007 AAHPERD Recognition Awards
LUTHER HALSEY GULICK AWARD The Luther Halsey Gulick Medal, designed by R. Tait McKenzie, is the highest honor awarded by the Alliance in recognition of long and distinguished service to one or more of the professions. Ronald S. Feingold is a...
Forming Successful Partnerships: Dance Education in America as a Model
June 2007 marks a milestone in the strong and long-standing partnership between the National Dance Association (NDA) and the National Museum of Dance (NMD) in Saratoga Springs, New York. After two years of preparation, we now celebrate the 75th Anniversary...
In Light of the Obesity Epidemic, Should High School Athletic Departments Be Required to Share Facility Space/time with After-School Physical-Activity Programs?
Making this mandatory will not solve the problem. High schools tend to add sports to their athletic program. Often schools do not have the space to accommodate the sports already in place, and sharing the space creates a far-less-than-desirable environment...
Interactive Video Games in Physical Education: Rather Than Contribute to a Sedentary Lifestyle, These Games Demand Activity from the Players
Physical Education has become a popular venue for innovative technologies in recent years. In addition to the use of personal digital assistants (PDAs), pedometers, heart rate monitors, laptops, and performance analysis software, physical educators...
Introduction: Struggling to Implement a School Wellness Policy? This Feature Lends a Helping Hand
The Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 (Public Law 108-265: Section 204) passed by Congress mandated that all districts with federally funded, school-meal programs develop and implement wellness policies by the beginning of the 2006-07...
On the Problem of Motor Skill Development: Motor Skills Do Not Develop Miraculously from One Day to the Next. They Must Be Taught and Practiced
As we begin the 21st century, the United States is in the midst of an obesity epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported in 2004 that almost 18.8 percent of all children ages six to 11 and 17.4 percent of youths 12 to 19 are...
Podcasting for Your Class
Technology can enhance and support academic learning in physical activity, recreation, and health courses. A recent addition to an instructor's arsenal of technology tools is the podcast. Consider the following scenario for using podcasts as a teaching...
Reasonable Accommodation in Competitive Sport
Kuketz v. Petronelli Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts 821 N.E. 2d 473 January 28, 2005 Stephen B. Kuketz, a paraplegic since 1991 and nationally ranked wheelchair racquetball player, joined the Brocton Athletic Club, a private corporation...
School Programs to Increase Physical Activity: Several Real-Life Examples Show How to Implement Whole-School Physical Activity Programs
Numerous reports have identified substantial health benefits from regular participation in physical activity during childhood, and schools have been identified as the primary agencies responsible for promoting the adoption of active lifestyles in children....
Teacher Planning, Instruction, and Reflection
What Was the Question? Hall and Smith (2006) examined physical education teacher cognitions as they relate to planning, instruction, and reflection. They proposed that these three components have typically been investigated separately, linearly,...
Teaching Skills and Health-Related Fitness through a Preservice Gymnastics Program: Preservice Students Learn by Doing, as They Teach Gymnastics to Community Children
The need for children to stay physically active has become paramount in order to fight the onset of childhood obesity and chronic diseases caused by an unhealthy lifestyle (Sanders, 2002). Many health professionals and educators have reported that...
The Case for Daily Physical Education: Concerns about Budget, Time, and Staffing Can All Be Satisfied
Youth obesity, the most prevalent childhood and adolescent nutritional disease, often leads to adult-type health problems (Dietz, 1998; Nader et al., 2006). In 2001, Surgeon General David Satcher issued a national call to action to prevent and decrease...
The Physical Education Teacher as School Activity Director: Physical Educators' Knowledge and Training Qualify Them to Play a Leading Role in Promoting School Wellness
Nearly half of youths between the ages of 12 and 21 are not vigorously active on a regular basis (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). If the educational setting is to play a role in meeting national health objectives for youths, the...
Why We All Should Learn to Dance: Reflecting on the African Cultural Heritage
At a recent dance residency at an urban elementary school, I asked the students the question, "What is culture?" The responses were few at first, but once a few students answered, others joined in: "How we live, how we eat, how our mothers do our hair,...