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May / June 2024

About JOPERD: Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

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Journal 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. Recent issues of JOPERD’s 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.

Aims and Scope

JOPERD is a peer-reviewed, four-color, professional journal. Continuously published since 1896, JOPERD serves as an authoritative, professional source for educators in physical education, sport, recreation, and dance in all settings. It provides the information needed to assist students and clients in learning motor skills, improving fitness, and pursuing physical activity and sport participation safely and appropriately. JOPERD features articles about teaching methods, curriculum, teacher preparation, professional issues, coaching, youth sports, fitness, recreation, and dance. Regular departments offer teaching tips, analysis of lawsuits, technology updates, and viewpoints about the professions.

Publication Information

JOPERD (ISSN 0730-3084; Online ISSN, 2168-3816) is published nine times per year, and has an acceptance rate that hovers around 30%

Journal Content

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Laura Strecker
Managing Editor
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