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. 2, February

Adolescent Girls' Body Perceptions as a Result of Sport Participation
What Was the Question? Eating disorders and distorted body images are an increasing problem for adolescent girls today. Data show that five to 10 percent of girls from the general population suffer from eating disorders, and that 16 to 27 percent...
A Practical Plan for Managing the Behavior of Students with Disabilities in General Physical Education: Behavior Management Means More Than Controlling Students to Make Them Behave
Physical education experts agree that a lack of behavior management skills is the most significant barrier to effective teaching (Rink, 2006; Siedentop & Tannehill, 2000). The inability to manage and motivate student behavior is often the number...
A Professional Code of Ethics and Progress Report: One University's Approach to Addressing Disruptive Behaviors in the Classroom; Professors, like Elementary School Teachers, Must Deal with Their Share of Childish Behavior or See Their Teaching Undermined
Disruptive behaviors by students in the college classroom have become a growing concern among educators in all disciplines (Bru, Stephens, & Torsheim, 2002; Wayda & Lund, 2005; Wilson, 2005). These disruptive behaviors include arriving late...
Are Professional Organizations Viable in the 21st Century?
In 1982, John Naisbitt, in his best-seller Megatrends had this to say about trade organizations and companies: There are cities and companies, unions and political parties, in this country that are like dinosaurs waiting for the weather to change....
Building Camaraderie with Fun, Fitness, and Friendly Competition: A Fitness-Challenge Competition Can Improve Relations among Professional Colleagues and Their Students
A physical education department within a college or university is often the home of a variety of academic majors. Physical education departments no longer consist of only physical education teacher education students. Instead, they include diverse...
Classroom Management Challenges in the Dance Class: The Dynamic Atmosphere of Dance, and Even the Particular Style of Dance, Influences How a Dance Class or Unit Should Be Conducted
Teaching dance can be challenging because of the unique "classroom" management situations that often arise from the dynamic nature of the content. Management is a delicate navigation of advance planning (Franklin, 2006); rule setting; the establishment...
Coaching Strategies for Helping Adolescent Athletes Cope with Stress: Reduce the Stress about Reducing Stress in Your Athletes
Participation in sport has numerous benefits for young athletes, including improved skill development, fitness, and self-esteem. Nevertheless, sport is also known to be a stressful environment for some of its participants (Voight, 2002; Weinberg &...
Do PERD Professionals Get Enough Training in Behavior Management and Supervision in Physical Activity Settings?
Based on the yearly Educational Gallup Poll, the inability to manage and motivate student behavior is often the number one reason given by beginning teachers for leaving the teaching profession (Rose & Gallup, 2004). In recent years, effectively...
Inclusion in Physical Education: Changing the Culture; Creating a Truly Inclusive Environment Requires a Change in Culture
Standard-driven curriculum, evidence of learning through assessment, meaningful performance outcomes, and the growing diversity of student populations are transforming how inclusion is implemented and evaluated. Physical educators are raising fundamental...
Injuries in the Buffer Zone: A Serious Risk-Management Problem
In order to provide a reasonably safe environment, most sport and recreational activities require a certain amount of space between the activity area and any obstructions such as walls, benches, and equipment. This space is commonly referred to as...
Introduction: As General Physical Education and Recreation Include More Individuals with Disabilities, Practical Strategies for Conducting Inclusive Programs Become Vital Knowledge for Practitioners
This feature discusses how to successfully include individuals with disabilities in general physical education classes and recreation programs. It also addresses some of the challenges that arise in inclusive programs. The topic of each article was...
Managing Risk in Martial Arts Instruction
Bevolo v. Carter United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit 447 F.3d 979 April 20, 2006 The plaintiff, Thomas Bevolo, and his family attended a martial arts banquet for the Christian Kajukenbo Ministry. Bevolo had been a student...
Modifying Physical Activities to Include Individuals with Disabilities: A Systematic Approach; to Make Inclusion Developmentally Appropriate, Teachers Need to Adjust the Task and Environment to Suit Students' Abilities
Meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities in inclusive physical activity settings can be a challenge. Constraints related to equipment, class size, curriculum, and the various ability levels of individuals with and without disabilities can...