JOPERD cover may june 2021
May / June 2021



JOPERD: Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance

Member subscribers click below to view this current issue

  May/June 2021 (Volume 92, Issue 5)

Not a member? Become one now!

Table of Contents

Free Access Article
Integrating Strength and Conditioning into a High School Physical Education Curriculum: A Case Example 
Kacie Lanier, Chad Killian, and Richard Burnett 

The goal of physical education (PE) is to assist students in the development of physical activity habits that will last a lifetime. To achieve this, PE teachers must shift beyond only teaching sports and games during instructional periods. Strength and conditioning programming is one alternative available to PE teachers. This article provides an overview of the benefits of strength and conditioning for youth and an example of one high school implementing strength and conditioning as part of its PE program while following the guidelines laid out in the two position statements on youth resistance training. 

Become a member and subscribe to JOPERD for access to these articles below:


Integrating Virtual Reality into a PETE Methods Course  
Zachary Wahl-Alexander and Jessica Brezwyn 

An emerging issue in many physical education teacher education programs across the country is the limited pedagogical knowledge and hands on teaching experience of pre-service teachers going into any early clinical setting. Due to the lack of experience and knowledge, pre-service teachers may not be successful when given the opportunity to provide instruction. This in turn impacts their development and confidence as an instructor early in their career. Implementing a three-dimensional virtual reality experience to supplement an early field experience is a nontraditional way to approach the preparation of pre-service teachers.  

Advocating for Physical Education Through Visibility and Relationship Building  
Karen Gaudreault, Caitlin Olive, Christopher Mellor, and Glenn Hushman 

Few can argue the marginalized status of physical education in today’s schools, making the advocacy skills of physical educators and preservice teachers (PSTs) increasingly important. This paper will describe how visibility and relationship building can be utilized as advocacy efforts. Following this, we will provide suggestions for how to integrate these strategies into physical education teacher education (PETE) programs including: making advocacy a major component of PETE programs early and often, engaging PSTs in hands on projects, providing PSTs with opportunities to hear from practicing physical educators about advocacy, and developing professional networking skills and dispositions. 

Evaluation of Recreational Areas in Ankara Turkey in Terms of their Functionality and Demographicics of their Users  
Rustem Orhan, Sinan Ayan, Hakan Yapici, and Rafet Unver 

This study aims to determine the demands and tendencies of individuals using recreational areas and parks in the central districts of Ankara. Individuals using recreational areas were given a questionnaire and asked to complete it on a voluntary basis. The findings were evaluated and interpreted according to the sub-dimensions of the scale.  

Strategies for Implementing High-Intensity Functional Training into High School Physical Education 
James Kamla, Matthew Brisebois, Chien-Ting Wu, and Justin Goins 

High-Intensity Functional Training (HIFT) has become a popular mode of exercise. HIFT is a training style that involves performance of coordinated, whole-body exercises at high relative intensities. Research has shown that there are numerous health benefits from performing HIFT. This article addresses how to incorporate HIFT into a high school physical education program, suggests some HIFT exercises that may be utilized by high school physical education teachers, offers simple program options high school physical education teachers may want to incorporate in their curriculum, provides some HIFT exercises that can be incorporated in high school, and provides practical options to overcome some potential roadblocks.  


The Law and You: A Title IX and Emotional Distress Analysis for High School Athletes
William R. Holt and Mike Stocz

A pair of high school athletes appealed a motion for summary judgment from a District Court in Ohio, alleging that their football coach violated Title IX and intentionally inflicted emotional distress

A Fitness Homework Lesson for Upper Elementary and Middle School Age Children
Lindsey Ball and Francis M. Kozub

This article outlines the exercises, provides a workout combining activities, and modifications for learners with unique motor needs. Finally, a resources section is provided that has both YouTube links as online sources to help create more advanced workouts using the tips found in this article.

The ‘APPropriate’ Use of Technology for Assessment in Physical Education
Hyeonho Yu and Taemin Ha

Guided by the adaptive learning approach, this paper will discuss the integration of video technology into motor skill assessments in physical education based on the motion analysis mobile application (App) and propose a four-step process of creating an expanded teaching and learning environment through a streamlined online application process.

What is the “New Normal” in Physical Education Post COVID-19?
Zachary Wahl-Alexander and Amanda McMurray

The purpose of this editorial is twofold. First, to shed light on these on-going questions that are not yet explored, and to provide initial strategies that could yield success upon integration with students accustomed to a less structured learning environment.

Teaching College Physical Activity Courses Online - Some Considerations
Seung Ho Chang and Shirley H.M. Reekie

This article discusses some of the challenges faced by faculty and students at the college level and also provides recommendations for future online physical activity courses based on the experiences “forced” upon us by the pandemic.