Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

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JOPERD won a 2015 EXCEL Award for "General Excellence" by Association Media &Publishing for best writing, content, design and overall packaging. SHAPE America members can select JOPERD as a benefit of membership in the association. Join or renew your membership today to start receiving your copy.


journal coverJournal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (JOPERD) is SHAPE America's largest, most frequently published, and most wide-ranging periodical. It is SHAPE America's cornerstone journal, providing information on a variety of health, physical education, recreation and dance issues. If you haven't seen JOPERD lately, take a minute to browse through it. SHAPE America's premier journal has undergone some recent changes. JOPERD now has a redesigned, modernized layout and features numerous color photographs.

JOPERD's review process—which has ensured high-quality JOPERD articles for more than 100 years—has become even more rigorous. And technology enables the editors to spend more time working with authors to ensure accurate, timely, and interesting information.

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.


JOPERD’s mission is to advance the common goals and discrete roles of health, physical education, recreation and dance professionals who are committed to improving the quality of life through the movement arts and sciences, sport, and leisure.

Publication Information

JOPERD—The Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance (ISSN 0730-3084)—is published monthly (except in July, with the May/June and November/December issues combined) by the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America), a nonprofit organization, 1900 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191, 703/476-3400. Articles may be submitted as a contribution to the profession; no remuneration can be made. JOPERD is indexed in Education Index and is available on microfilm from National Archive Publishing Company, Ann Arbor, MI.

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Thomas F. Lawson
Managing Editor