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. 71, No. 6, August

21st-Century Literature Searching in Physical Education
Maybe you are an elementary school physical education teacher trying to find an article on class-management techniques. Or you might be a doctoral student developing an idea for a dissertation. After much thought, you have formulated a clear, specific...
ACL Injuries in Active Girls and Women
In the past three decades, the number of girls and women participating in competitive and recreational sports and fitness and wellness activities has increased dramatically. The extended media coverage of the Olympic Games and national competitions...
Calcium Intake Affects Weight Loss
Individuals seeking to cut excess fat from their diet often begin with dairy products like milk and cheese. They may want to reconsider this strategy, however; a recent University of Tennessee study found that calcium consumption and fat production...
Children's Physical Activity Choices
Past researchers have reported that age and gender exert the greatest influence on children's physical activity choices. Few if any studies have tracked children longitudinally to determine what changes occur in their physical activity levels and choices....
Estrogen, Physical Activity, and Bone Health
Osteoporosis is a silent disease in which the loss of bone mass and increased porosity (less density) make the skeleton more fragile. It can progress undetected throughout a lifetime until it results in a bone fracture. An estimated four to six million...
Has the Surgeon General's Report Had Any Concrete Beneficial Effect on Activity Levels and Health?
Unfortunately, the Surgeon General's report has done little to boost activity levels in the United States. In this technologically advanced age, far too many people, especially youths, do not participate in enough physical activity to maintain an adequate...
Introduction
Before the implementation of Title IX, the number of girls participating in interscholastic athletics was fewer than 300,000. Today, that number has skyrocketed to over 2.5 million (Lough, 1998). The number of participants at the college level has...
Negligent Supervision
The School Board of Broward County, Florida, vs. Beharrie District Court of Appeals of Florida, Fourth District, May 21, 1997 695 So.2d 437 (Fla.App. 4 Dist. 1997) A high school soccer player was injured during a game when he was fouled by an opponent....
Standing Behind Our Graduates: The Teacher Warranty
Many of the best professionals in our field have dedicated their entire careers to the preparation of physical education teachers. In the last 20 years, the task of training teachers has become increasingly difficult due to public criticism and scrutiny....
Student Perceptions of Using Skills Software in Physical Education
Most children like to explore and learn through unstructured play. By the time students are in the middle of their secondary education, however, they have become thoroughly assimilated into our system of formal education, and learning has become a...
Teaching Cultural Diversity through Dance
What makes some people live in fear? Why is there so much hatred in the world? Why don't people with differing backgrounds get along? These questions may not be simple, but one age-old answer is that people don't trust that which is different from...
The ABCs of Sport Movements
What do Martina Navratilova, Edwin Moses, and Jerry West have in common? They are all part of a new creative dance known as "The ABCs of Sport Movements." This activity links every letter in the alphabet to a sports figure or a sport movement in the...
The German Contribution to American Physical Education: A Historical Perspective
In undergradute, introductory physical education courses, students often learn about the evolution of the subject in America and the influence of a variety of gymnas tics systems brought to this country by immigrants. Both the German system, which...
The Role of Spatial Ability in Physical Education and Mathematics
Physical education is often not perceived as an academic subject like mathematics or science (Grossman & Stodolsky, 1994). As a result, the legitimacy of physical education as a subject area has been questioned (Stroot, 1995). Almost a decade ago,...
What Is Required If Your Athletic Facility Needs a Blood-Borne Pathogens Plan?
Protecting workers at school or in industry has be en the focus of occupational safety laws for almost a century. Since the enactment of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) of 1970, workplaces of all sizes and kinds have been implementing...