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. 8, October

After-School All-Stars Providing Structured Health and Physical Activity Programs in Urban Environments: After-School Programs Can Help Urban Youths Overcome Some of the Obstacles to a Healthful Life
For several decades, school system administrators have systematically conspired to squeeze out physical education from middle and high schools in favor of more time during the school day for standardized test preparation. No place is this more evident...
A Reinvigorated Call for Support of Title IX at the High School Level
Given the economic challenges that public school systems around the country will face in the coming year, athletic programs are going to suffer the consequences of reduced budgets. During this difficult economic time, we must remain vigilant about...
Assessing Skills and Performance in Women's Sports
What Was the Question? Physical education professionals continuously seek ways to enhance skills that will improve their students' performance. Thomas, Fellingham, and Vehrs (2009) developed and applied a notational system to rank the influence...
Combining Fitness and Skill Tasks
Physical educators face the daily challenge of providing young people with the necessary skills to live a physically active and health-enhancing lifestyle. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE, 2004) identifies six standards...
Engaging Urban Youths a Youth Development Perspective: Successful Youth Development Requires More Than Push-Ups and Basketball; It Requires a Holistic Approach
Many of the problems of urban youths can be traced to the socioeconomic gradient that depicts a strong relationship between the decline in socioeconomic status and the decline in health and well-being (including morbidity and mortality). Not only does...
Engaging Urban Youths in Physical Education and Physical Activity: Because Urban Youths Are Often Underserved, Disengaged, and Living in Poverty, Their Plight Poses a Unique Challenge to Physical Education and Recreation Specialists
Do you remember the famous scene in the movie Good Will Hunting where the title character interviews at the National Security Agency (NSA) and rejects a job offer to break codes for a living? In the scene, Will Hunting expounds on a series of events...
Fostering Critical Thinking in Physical Education Students: Learning "Better Thinking" Skills Helps Students Develop into Autonomous Sportspersons
Proficient movement in physical education involves sound decision-making skills such as critical thinking. For example, students learning volleyball face many decisions about rules, strategies, tactics, and skills. These decisions include transitioning...
Four Considerations for Urban Physical Education Teachers: Physical Education Teachers Must Be Prepared to Face the Challenges of Teaching Urban Youths
Beginning one's physical education teaching career in an urban setting often produces feelings of excitement and pride. Why then do some dedicated and technically qualified teachers choose to leave urban schools in their first five years of teaching...
In Light of the Editorial in the May/June 2009 JOPERD, How Can Individual Practitioners Address the Loss of Physical Education Programs?
In addition to the recommendations made in the editorial in the May/June 2009 JOPERD ("The Physical Education Deficit in High Schools"), the following suggestions are offered. A key to addressing losses in physical education programs rests with...
Limited Duty to Protect Spectators
Sciarrotta v. Global Spectrum 194 N.J. 345, 944A.2d 630 April 10, 2008 Sitting in the general admission section at her first hockey game, Denise Sciarrotta was hit by a hockey puck during the warm-up period. She brought a personal-injury action...
Meeting the Needs of Urban Youths in Columbus City Schools: This District's Multidimensional Approach Uses Advocacy, Engagement of Teachers, Professional Development, and Collaboration to Boost Youths' Physical Activity
Meeting the needs of urban youths can be a challenge given the characteristics that continue to define urban schooling. These include centralized decision making within large bureaucracies that are politically isolated from communities; chronic under-funding;...
NASPE Sets the Standard 35 Years of National Leadership in Sport and Physical Education: Throughout Its History, NASPE Has Served as a National Leader in Advocacy, Policy Development, and Best Practices
In 2004, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) launched its tagline "NASPE Sets the Standard," a fitting tribute to the organization's decades-long development of national standards for physical education and the preparation...
Stepping toward Accessible Fitness Centers
Forty years ago humans first stepped upon the moon, and nearly 20 years ago another milestone step, the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, was passed. This federal legislation was created with the intent to offer equitable services for...
Struggling to Engage Urban Youths in Meaningful Physical Education a Bailout Plan to Survive and Thrive: It Takes Extra Effort to Address the Needs of Urban Youths, but the Effort Is Worth It
Three years ago, when I started teaching at National Teachers Academy (NTA), I was fresh off a student teaching experience at one of the best middle school programs in Illinois (a blue ribbon school with a beautiful fitness facility and thorough curriculum...
The Gender Gap in Youth Sports Too Many Urban Girls Are Being Left Behind: A Gender Gap Still Stretches across Many Youth Sports, but Nowhere Is That Gap Wider Than in Urban Communities
The last several decades have witnessed a large increase in the number of girls who participate in sports in the United States. Today an estimated 8 million third- through 12th-grade girls and 12 million boys participate in organized and team sports...
Using Online Videos for Disability Awareness: Once You See What Persons with Disabilities Can Do, Your Whole Perspective May Very Well Change
The increase of inclusive education in the United States has heightened the need for disability awareness among individuals without disabilities. As more students with and without disabilities share classrooms, teachers must help their students be...
What's Skill Got to Do with It? A Developmental Approach to Promoting Physical Activity in Urban Youths: Motor Competence Plays a Crucial Role in Promoting Physical Activity among Youths
Promoting youth physical activity is a major public health goal, particularly for underserved and minority youths in urban schools (United States Department of Health and Human Services, 2000). Despite a sustained focus on the subject in the past decade,...