Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.




A world leader in the production of top-quality products and programs for the fields of health, physical education, recreation, and dance.

Mission: To produce top-quality resources and programs that help children, adolescents, and adults develop the skills, knowledge, fitness, and appreciation for living physically active and healthy lives.

"By working with top professionals in the HPERD field to produce high-quality physical activity resources and programs, we are helping prepare people to avoid many major diseases and live healthier, less stressful, and more productive lives than those who are sedentary. I can’t think of a more important mission."
Scott Wikgren
Director, HPERD Division

Our Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Division (HPERD) is recognized as a world leader in the production of top-quality products and programs for the fields of health, physical education, recreation, and dance. We are continually seeking to add resources to our list and to build relationships with others also concerned about the health and well-being of children, adolescents, and adults.

In addition to professional resources, we publish textbooks for the university and pre-K-12 markets, packaging information in a variety of media, including video and DVD, software, CDs, and the internet. The HPERD division also actively seeks to work with professional organizations to produce resources for educational programs. We have joined forces with the following organizations:

  • National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) to publish the Physical Best program
  • The Cooper Institute to publish Fitnessgram/Activitygram
  • National Intramural-Recreational Sport Association (NIRSA) as their official publisher and distributor
  • National Dance Association (NDA) to publish their National Dance Standards
  • American Canoe Association to publish canoeing and kayaking books
  • Wilderness Education Association to publish hiking and backpacking and rock climbing books
  • PE4life to publish their training manual

We also work with the world’s most qualified authors. Our list of authors is a virtual "who’s who" in the HPERD fields. We work with top researchers, professors, teachers, and professionals to publish an ideal blend of theory and practical application. In addition, our acquisitions editors are all from the HPERD fields and they provide a level of expertise in the publishing process that few other publishers can offer.

Our authors find that we can offer outstanding support from our editorial, production, marketing, sales, and fulfillment staff. We value our authors as important members of the team, and we work with them to develop the best resources possible and aggressively promote and sell them. HPERD Best Sellers

HPERD Subject Areas

  • Adapted physical activity
  • Dance
  • Leisure studies
  • Outdoor and adventure education
  • Physical activity
  • Physical fitness and health
  • Physical activity promotion
  • Physical education teacher preparation
  • Physical education professional resources
  • K-12 physical education resources
  • Recreation
  • Youth fitness testing
  • Health education

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