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. 5, May

2002 AAHPERD Recognition Awards
Luther Halsey gulick Award The Luther Halsey Gulick Medal, designed by R. Tait McKenzie, is the Alliance's highest honor. It is given to recognize long and distinguished service to one or more of the HPERD professions. Harold "Hal" Morris epitomizes...
Adapted Aquatics and Inclusion
In the past, many aquatics instructors believed that the laws regarding the inclusion of individuals with disabilities (e.g., Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Americans with Disabilities Act) did not apply to them (Conatser, 1999; Lepore,...
Addressing the University's Tripartite Mission through an Early Childhood Movement Program
Institutions of higher learning have long built their tripartite mission on the cornerstones of teaching, scholarly endeavors, and service. The degree to which each component is weighted or the breadth of definition given to each is usually decided...
Asthma Risk for Outdoor Youth-Sports Participants. (News)
Nearly nine million children suffer from asthma, which makes it one of the leading chronic illnesses among children. Newly reported asthma cases have become more common over the past few decades, leading many researchers to investigate its causes....
Careers in Recreation: Expanding Horizons
Recreation has emerged as an immense national industry, providing a wide variety of career opportunities for young men and women. Taking all forms of leisure involvement into account--including sports and games, travel and tourism, hobbies and the...
Conferences & Workshops
May 31--June 1, 2002. The Recruiters Institute X, Orlando Florida. In its 10th year, this college athletic-recruiting seminar will feature dynamic speakers from nationally prominent men's and women's programs. For more information, or to register,...
Creating an Effective Web Site. (Teaching Tips)
In physical education we continue to find uses for technology, including creating databases and spreadsheets, desktop publishing, analyzing our teaching, sending and receiving electronic mail, and searching the World Wide Web for new information...
Effects of High-Top and Low-Top Shoes on Ankle Inversion. (Research Works)
Ankle injuries are very common among participants in weight bearing sports and activities. Consequently, many attempts to develop preventive interventions have been made and researched for their effectiveness. Ricard, Schulties, and Saret (2000)...
Elementary Physical Education and the National Standards
In 1995, the National Association for Sport and Physical Education released Moving into the Future: National Physical Education Standards: A Guide to Content and Assessment (NASPE, 1995). The foundation of this document is its content standards,...
Inclusion in Sport Activities: Disabilities and the ADA. (Law Review)
Anderson v. Little League Baseball 794 F Supp 342 (D. Ariz. 1992) The movement toward inclusion of disabled participants, coaches, and referees in active sports with able-bodied individuals has steadily gained momentum. Decisions about whether...
Incorporating Service-Learning into Physical Education Teacher Education Programs
Service-learning is a teaching strategy that provides students with the opportunity to acquire academic, social, career, and personal skills through involvement in community service projects (Cutforth, 2000). It is a method by which students learn...
Model for Success: The Impact of a Grant-Funded Program on an Inner-City Girls' Basketball Team
Sports participation can have a positive impact on the lives of high school girls. For example, Sabo, Merril and Vanfossen (1989) found significant positive effects from varsity sports participation on the social relationships, academic performance,...
Should K-12 Schools Provide Dance Specialists as a Vital Part of Arts Education? (Issues)
Succinctly and unequivocally, yes. This question demands that we consider what the arts provide that make them an essential aspect of education, what the role of dance is in the schools, and what makes the dance specialist important. We know...
Study of Arm Injuries in Youth Baseball. (News)
While arm complaints are common among youth baseball pitchers, a recent longitudinal study may help parents, coaches, and health professionals cut down on the amount of pain these pitchers experience. By analyzing the frequency of elbow and shoulder...