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. 81, No. 9, November-December

Do Teaching Methods Need to Change to Address Generation M2 Effectively?
Absolutely. Teaching methods must be dynamic to mirror changes in students over time. If we do not tune into the millennial generation in terms of the best ways to promote physical activity, we risk becoming irrelevant and obsolete. Take a few examples....
Get Kids Moving in the Classroom
Classroom-based physical activity not only has health benefits for students, but learning benefits as well (Blaydes-Madigan, 2004; Mahar et al., 2006). Integrating physical activity into academic content is a valuable aspect of the school day for both...
Got Ice? Teaching Ice-Skating as a Lifelong Activity: Here's How to Warm Your Students Up to a Very Cool Sport
With today's focus on the importance of lifelong physical activity, "School physical education has been challenged to produce programs that will develop positive activity patterns that youths will carry into adulthood and to foster dispositions that...
Implementation of a Response-to-Intervention System in General Physical Education: Students' Individual Needs Will Be Met Better through This Framework for Implementing and Monitoring Adapted Physical Education Interventions in an Inclusionary Setting
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEIA) and No Child Left Behind (NCLB, 2001) brought many challenges for individuals working in education. Although many researchers have written about the implications of IDEIA for...
Implementing a Four-Phase Curriculum Review Model: With This Model You Can Review and Modify a Curriculum in Any Discipline, at Any Level, from Elementary School to College
The words "curriculum review" might send some teachers running for their professional lives, while others welcome the opportunity to explore how students feel about the curriculum and to share ideas with colleagues and others. Curriculum revision can...
Motivation Profiles and Adolescents' PACER Performance
What Was the Question? With the recent push for physical education programs to foster health-related fitness and to monitor these fitness components, Garn and Sun (2009) examined middle school students' approach-avoidance goal profiles relative...
Physical Education Teacher Education Programs Need to Encourage Coaching Education
Physical educators at the junior high school and high school levels are generally involved in coaching after-school athletic teams. Often, they coach more than one team during the school year. As the scope of sport programs grows, more coaches will...
Preparing Students for a Diverse Workplace Strategies to Improve Dispositions: Preparation Programs for Fitness Professionals Need to Include the Development of Dispositions Appropriate to a Diverse Workplace
According to projections by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (2010), the number of fitness trainers and aerobics instructors is expected to grow 29 percent between 2008 and 2018. This growth in opportunities for fitness professionals is accompanied...
U.S. Supreme Court Holds NFL Is Not a Single Entity
American Needle Inc. v. National Football League et al. No. 08-661 May 24, 2010 The United States Supreme Court's decision in American Needle Inc. v. National Football League, et al. was widely expected by many legal commentators to be one...
What's Happening outside the Gym: The Evolution of a Service-Learning Project: This After-School Program for Underserved Youths Focused on Teaching Good Nutrition, Fitness Concepts, and Personal and Social Responsibility
Underserved youths are affected by a variety of circumstances, including poverty. Statistics provided by the Children's Defense Fund (CDF, 2008) reveal that every 35 seconds a baby is born into poverty. For example, in the State of Colorado, 15 percent...