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. 73, No. 4, April

A Simplified Approach for Teaching Golf to Beginners. (Teaching Tips)
"Keep your head down! Keep your left arm straight! Don't look up! Swing easy! "These are typical commands that a golf instructor might use when teaching beginners, but they can lead to information overload. Information overload is a common mistake...
Attitudes of Preservice Physical Education Majors regarding Movement Education. (Research Works)
The attitudes and beliefs held by preservice physical education majors are of great importance to teacher educators. Attitudes often shape the choices, perceptions, and actions of preservice teachers. There are many factors that contribute to the...
Contract Law and Athletics Departments. (Law Review)
Meriweather Mowing Service, Inc. v. St. Anne's-Belfield, Inc. Circuit Court of the City of Charlottesville, Virginia 51 Va. Cir. 525; 2000 Va. Cir. LEXIS 79 April 25, 2000 Meriweather Mowing Services, Inc., brought charges against a private...
Experience in Collaboration McDenver at McDonald's
Preparing personnel to become qualified providers of comprehensive, interdisciplinary services to children with special needs and their families presents unique challenges to university preservice training programs (McCollum, Rowan, & Thorp,...
Hockey Concussions. (News)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 300,000 sports-related concussions occur each year. Contact sports yield the highest head-injury rates, and athletes competing in these sports face significant risk...
Including All Children in Standards-Based Physical Education
A major force in educational reform today is standards-based education. Advocates for standards-based education believe that educational standards set the tone for the changes needed in our educational system. An educational standard determines...
It's Never Too Late. (News)
It's true that aerobic capacity, muscle strength, and flexibility all decline after age 30, but research published in Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association (September 18, 2001) suggests that a six-month program of exercise can reverse...
Peer Coaching: Implementation and Data-Collection Tools
"What do you want me to focus on today when I watch your lesson," Stefan, a preservice teacher, asked his peer-coaching partner? Chris replied without hesitation, "I still am not getting a full demonstration for each striking task I introduce. It's...
Physical Activity Motivation: A Practitioner's Guide to Self-Determination Theory
It is clear that a physically active lifestyle plays a great role in maximizing and maintaining both physical and mental health. Specifically, participation in physical activity (hereafter, "activity") programs has been linked to improved health...
Should Commercial Sponsorship Be Used to Subsidize Athletics Programs? (Issues)
Yes! Schools should by all means use commercial sponsorship to subsidize their athletics programs. In fact, I would say that commercial sponsorship should do more than "subsidize" athletics programs. In the future, it should fully support them....
The Beginning Educator Support and Training Program in Connecticut. (NASPE Standards in Action)
Standards are the benchmarks used to measure achievement and hold states and school districts accountable. The NASPE standards for physical education have provided a basis for measuring student achievement. Given that student achievement is directly...
The North Carolina PEPSE Project. (NASPE Standards in Action)
For the past three decades, school reformers--including teachers, teacher educators, administrators, parents, and community leaders-- have responded to the daunting task of improving education. Lost in the emphasis on standards and accountability...
The Official Buyer's Guide of AAHPERD Members. (JOPERD Buyer's Guide 2002)
ADMINISTRATIVE Creative Walking, Inc. See Listing under "Physical Education" AQUATIC AFA/Aquarobics, Inc. Rick Dowdeswell, President PO Box 906 Hendersonville, NC 28793 (828) 692-9558 Fax: (828) 696-1693 E-Mail: rickd@brinet.com...
The Standards' Impact on Physical Education in New York State. (NASPE Standards in Action)
The following three articles conclude this two-part feature on the NASPE content standards. In March, after an introduction by feature editors Terry A. Senne and Lynn Housner, Judith Rink et al. discussed the beginnings of the standards movement...
Using the Perceived Intensity-Level Assessment Task as an Instructional Tool
Imagine a class of fourth- or fifth-grade students spread out around the gymnasium with jump ropes. The teacher says, "When the music starts, begin jumping rope at medium intensity level for you. When the music stops, rest." The music begins and...