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. 6, August

A Strategy for Improvement of Learning-Task Presentations
Presenting skill tasks to students and players is a crucial first step in teaching and coaching. Motor skills-whether pertaining to sport, art, or music-are often demonstrated by the teacher, another person, or some type of technology, so that students...
A Technology Project in Physical Education. (Teaching Tips)
At a time when the demands being placed on assessment are greater than at any other time in the history of American education, there is growing dissatisfaction with traditional forms of assessment such as multiple-choice, machine-scored tests, or...
Conferences & Workshops
August 22-25, 2002. Aquatic Therapy Symposium 2002, Orlando, FL. Sponsored by the Aquatic Therapy & Rehab Institute (ATRI), the symposium offers dozens of courses in The form of lectures and workshops (on land and in the pool) in the areas of...
Dance, Mathematics, and Rote Memorization
What do dance and mathematics have in common? More than one might think. Unfortunately, both the discipline of mathematics and the art of dance are frequently taught through rote memorization. Dance is often taught by having students repeat the...
Exercise and Illness. (News)
New research presented at the American College of Sports Medicine's sixth annual Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition highlights the variety of effects that exercise has on the immune system. Three randomized studies conducted by David C....
Heat Can Kill - Guidelines to Prevent Heat Illness in Athletics and Physical Education
In the wake of several publicized, tragic events that occurred during preseason training in both college and professional football, administrators, coaches, and physical educators must take time to re-evaluate how conditioning activities, daily...
Improving the Quality of Training Coach and Player Responsibilities
The quality of an individual athlete's practices has been considered one of the most critical determinants of optimal performance (Ericsson, Krampe, & Tesch-Romer, 1993). Research from the motor-learning and pedagogy fields has provided a wealth...
Is "Quality of Life" Sufficiently Well Defined to Be an Outcome of Leisure Services? (Issues)
No. "Quality of life" is not only what people do with their leisure time, but also what they do with the rest of their time during any given day. People need to be happy with what they do in life--at work, at home, and in many other areas--not only...
Metabolic Syndrome Poses Serious Health Threat. (News).(says Research from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ()(Brief Article)(Statistical Data Included)
Metabolic syndrome affects a large number of adults in the United States according to researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).The syndrome typically involves high blood triglyceride levels, high blood pressure, high blood...
Not Dressing Is Disobedience, Not Just a Nuisance
In secondary schools across the country, a recurring event threatens the quality of our physical education programs. While the details vary from place to place, the scenario unfolds in a familiar way. Most students come to class ready to participate,...
Physical Education Experiences and Lifelong Activity. (Research Works)
Due to the rising rate of inactivity among Americans, promoting lifelong physical activity has become a top priority among physical educators. How students feel about their high school physical education experience may play a role in whether or...
Preparing Professionals to Use Technology. (Technology Tips)
Professional preparation programs in higher education must ensure that students are exposed to the latest innovations in their chosen field. Introducing students to new ideas, societal trends, and technical skills allows them to enter the workforce...
Release from Liability. (Law Review)
Megan Malin v. Whitewater Mountain Resorts of Connecticut. No. 432774 Superior Court, New Haven Judicial District March 16, 2001 On January 7, 1999, Megan Mali went to the Powder Ridge Ski Area, at Whitewater Mountain Resorts, to go snowtubing....
Richard G. Kraus, 1924-2002. (in Memoriam)
For more than 40 years, Richard G. Kraus was noted as a preeminent scholar, educator, author, and authority in the field of parks, recreation, and leisure services. Dr. Kraus died of colon cancer on March 28 at his home in Lower Gwynedd Township,...
Texas Restricts Junk Food Sales in Schools. (News)
The presence of soft-drink-vending machines and other junk-food items on school campuses has been a subject of national concern for quite some time because of the belief that they contribute to the epidemic of obesity in children (see "Soft Drink...
The Reflective Framework for Teaching in Physical Education: A Pedagogical Tool
Preparing teachers to become reflective practitioners, as well as to become proficient in the technical skills of teaching, is increasingly the focus of many teacher education programs (Goodman, 1991; Valli, 1992). The development of reflection...
Water Polo a Viable Addition to a Secondary School Aquatics Unit
Many students lack access to swimming lessons and activities and water safety programs due to lower socioeconomic status or the unavailability of aquatic facilities (Fawcett, 1998). Public schools have a chance to provide a viable service, not only...