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. 6, August

Celebrating the Modern History of Health Education in AAHPERD: Continuing a Long Tradition, the American Association for Health Education Has Been Amazingly Productive over the Past 25 Years
In 2010 the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance will celebrate its 125th anniversary. The last celebration took place in 1985, on its 100th anniversary. Health education became a formal part of the Alliance in both...
External Attention for Teaching Sport Skills
Teaching basic sport skills to students lays the foundation for future success in physical education, sports, and fitness. The teaching of these skills typically follows this pattern: the teacher introduces the skill and demonstrates it, and then the...
Fun & Fit, Phase I: A Program for Overweight African American and Hispanic American Children from Low-Income Families: Here Is a Way to Strengthen Teacher Candidates' Skills While Fulfilling a Community Need
Boys and girls raised in low-income families face a multitude of challenges often not encountered by children from middle and high socioeconomic families (Brooks-Gunn & Duncan, 1997). Limited financial resources often affect a low-income family's...
Integrating Digital Video Technology in the Classroom: Digital-Video Assignments Enhance Experiential Learning
Integrating technology into kinesiology-related professional preparation programs has the potential to enhance and improve student learning. A media-literate and experientially grounded student population, relatively easy-to-use and inexpensive resources,...
Introduction: Dance Offers a Window on Native American Culture, Past and Present
Integrating Native American studies into the curriculum offers benefits for both students and educators. Educational experiences in any of the major content areas--including but not limited to the arts and humanities, dance, and physical education--are...
Negligence, Immunity, and Assumption of Risk
Mark Prokop was hit in the face by a batted ball as he was throwing recreational bating practice on a public school field in St. Paul, Minnesota. He was in a batting cage and using a moveable piece of equipment, called an L-screen, that belonged to...
New Books
l00 Trailblazers: Great Women Athletes Who Opened Doors for Future Generations Richard Lapchick Fitness Information Technology, paper, 520 pp., $24.95 ACSM's Exercise Is Medicine: A Clinician's Guide to Exercise Prescription Steven Jonas...
Observing and Diagnosing Student Performance Problems in Games Teaching: Observing and Assessing Game Play Entails More Than Just Looking at Skill Execution
During the past 25 years, game-based or tactical approaches have been increasingly advocated as appropriate and effective methods for teaching games in public school physical education. This movement began in England in 1982 with the formulation of...
Physical Activity and Academic Achievement
Two studies last spring added to the evidence that physical activity may promote academic achievement. In March the Texas Education Agency released a study of the annual physical fitness assessment of the state's 2.4 million public school students...
Professional Responsibility
There are no physical education teacher education programs, that I am aware of, that are training their students to go out into the field and do a poor job. Yet, physical education, particularly at the secondary level, remains under attack from those...
Should Students Be Allowed to "Test Out" of Physical Education by Meeting a Fitness Standard Such as Fitnessgram?
The results of a Fitnessgram test only indicate the fitness level of a student at a particular time in the student's development. The Fitnessgram cannot determine mastery of necessary affective, cognitive, or psychomotor skills that will help students...
Technology Facilitates Teaching and Learning in Creative Dance
Technology has enhanced and facilitated teaching and learning in my creative dance course at Virginia Tech. This technology includes the course web site, You Tube, software programs, the iPod, and the cell phone. The following paragraphs outline some...
The Never-Ending Circle of Life Native American Hoop Dancing from Its Origin to the Present Day: More Than a Demonstration of Skill, This Dance Seeks Harmony and Balance with Unity and Equity
Imagine a dancer attired in intricate regalia of beads, feathers, ribbons, bells, and cloth with an array of bright colors--reds, blues, greens, and yellows. Feet and body move fluidly to a pulsating rhythm while the dancer quickly and deftly manipulates...
Transcending Rhythms: A Celebration of Native and African American Culture: Two Cultures Share Their History, Expressed through Movement
A Cherokee prayer whispers, "You are part of me now / You touched me / With your kindness and love / So enchanted" (Owle, n.d.). A Nigerian proverb proclaims, "A tree is known by its fruit" (World of Quotes, n.d.). Both of these voices were evoked...
Voices of the Alaskan Alutiiq Cultural Reawakening: Traditional Dance Arts Have Rejuvenated This Indigenous Culture
Nearly four years ago, in spring 2005, I embarked on an adventure. My background in the arts and dance and my fascination with arts in culture led me to search for an indigenous culture in which the traditional dance arts play a significant contemporary...