Donald F. Staffo, Ph.D.

Articles and Other Publications

  1. An analysis of the student-athlete/sports agent problem. ASAHPERD Journal . Fall 2005.
  2. Coach-physical education teacher problem still with us. ASAHPERD Journal. Winter 2005.
  3. The Negro Leagues. ASAHPERD Journal. Winter 2005.
  4. Overweight and obesity escalating: A challenge and an opportunity for physical and health educators to seize the moment. ASAHPERD Journal . Spring 2004.
  5. An analysis of the incidence and pattern of sport hazing with recommendations on how educators can reduce the incidence of hazing. ASAHPERD Journal .  Spring 2004.
  6. Gambling: A growing problem for athletic administrators. International Journal of Sport Management. January 2003.
  7. Gambling on sports, especially by student-athletes, a growing concern: Analysis of the problem. ASAHPERD Journal. September 2002.
  8. Women’s professional football in the U.S.: A documentation of past and present leagues. ASAHPERD Journal. September 2002.
  9. An analysis of the planning and implementation process among colleges and universities which started up varsity football programs from 1992-1999. International Journal of Sport Management. March 2002.
  10. A history of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The Physical Educator. August 2001.
  11. Violence in sports on the increase.Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. August 2001.
  12. The use of  physical fitness tests in physical education professional preparation teacher  education programs within selected American colleges and universities. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance . Lead Author with William Stier, Jr., June 2000.
  13. An analysis of the top football and basketball-playing schools in NCAA Division I from 1987 through 1999 based on top 25 finishes and post-season invitations. International Journal of Sport Management. March, 2000.
  14. Updated research on incidence of injury, proper techniques for and benefits of in-line skating. Strategies. February, 2000.
  15. Organizing and administering a modified triathalon. Strategies. November, 1999.
  16. A history of women's professional basketball in the United States with an emphasis on the old WBL and the new ABL and WNBA. The Physical Educator. Early Winter, 1998.
  17. The development of men's professional basketball in the U.S. with an emphasis on the NBA. The Physical Educator. Spring 1998.
  18. Accomplishments of an early basketball pioneer and innovator almost forgotten. Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. February 1998.
  19. New Alabama teacher education rules also apply to physical education. ASAHPERD  Journal. Summer 1997.
  20. Guidelines for a youth sports clinic. Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. May 1997.
  21. A way to show-off your physical education program. Strategies. May 1997.
  22. The rational for coaches banning trash talk. Strategies. May 1996.
  23. Become an HPER-athletics advocate by writing a health and physical fitness newspaper column. ASAHPERD Journal. Summer 1995.
  24. How to follow through with your fitness pledge. ALFA Journal. Spring 1995. Reprinted in Neighbors Magazine. April 1995.
  25. Parent's guidelines for quality youth sports programs. Initial author and major contributor for NASPE/YSC publication. Spring 1995.
  26. 30-Year reunion. Reflections of light.(poem published in 1995 anthology);submission also judged by The National Library of Poetry as a semi-finalist in NLP national contest and one of eight poems selected for inclusion on a NLP produced tape.
  27. The decision to sports-specialize or not should be made by the athlete. ASAHPERD Journal. Fall 1994.
  28. Research comparing high school football injuries. ASAHPERD Journal. Fall 1994.
  29. Guidelines to assist a principal or supervisor in evaluating a physical education lesson/program. Education. Fall 1993.
  30. Losing weight a continuing concern to many: Education needed to balance commercialism. ASAHPERD Journal. Fall 1993.
  31. Communicate, educate: Parents can help make youth sports a positive experience. NASPE News. Fall 1993.
  32. Safety in sports: Injury and accident prevention are best studied from an epidemiological perspective. ASAHPERD Journal. Summer 1992.
  33. Clarifying physical education teacher-coach responsibilities: A self-analysis guide for those in dual roles. The Physical Educator. Spring 1992.
  34. Coaching: A realistic perspective. Book Review. Athletic Directory. February 1992.
  35. An analysis of ethics in athletics. Athletic Directory. February 1992.
  36. Should a person be specifically trained for an administrative position in HPERD-athletics? Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.  October 1991.
  37. Friday night lights: A team, a town, a dream. Book Review. Educational Leadership. September 1991.
  38. The role of the school principal in keeping athletics in proper perspective. The High School Journal. University of North Carolina Press; April/May 1991. 
  39. Trends in physical education: From team sports to fitness for everyone. Educational Leadership. March 1991.
  40. Athletic administrators need to correct problems in athletics before someone else does. Athletic Directory. March 1991.
  41. An analysis of the incidence and severity of injuries among varsity athletes in the Birmingham City School District During 1989-90 school year. contributing researcher, unpublished study (although data from the study was used in other publications.)
  42. An understanding of liability is essential for physical educators and coaches. ASAHPERD Journal. Summer 1990.
  43. A national K-12 physical education mandate is needed but some changes need to be made first. The Physical Educator. Spring 1990.
  44. The growth of the physical fitness movement in the United States From 1960s to the present, with a projection toward the 1990s. (manuscript developed following extensive personal interview with Dr. Kenneth Cooper); nationally syndicated by the Gannett News Service and USA Today. January 1990.
  45. Proposition 42 is in the best interest of student - athletes and intercollegiate Athletics. Athletic Directory. Fall 1989.
  46. Examining the role of the resource teacher in the elementary school. Elementary School Journal. September 1989.
  47. Strategies to consider before Alabama pushes for K-12 physical education requirement. ASAHPERD Journal. July 1989.
  48. Enhancing coach-media relations. Journal of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. September 1989.
  49. Certified athletic trainers needed in the public schools. Athletic Directory. Spring 1989.
  50. The rationale for a championship play-off in NCAA Division I college football. Athletic Directory. Spring 1988.
  51. Future directions of the NCAA. (Interview with Dr. Wilford Bailey, President of the NCAA) Athletic Directory. Spring 1988.
  52. An analysis and reaction to drug testing in athletics. Athletic Directory. Summer 1987.
  53. Analysis of results and reactions to NCAA Proposition 48. Athletic Directory. Winter 1987.
  54. Analysis of the benefits of aerobic exercise for a college physical education class. The Stillman College Journal. Winter 1987.
  55. America's leading black sports sociologists believe an overemphasis on athletics is hurting the black community. The Stillman College Journal. Winter 1987.
  56. The role that physical education & sports play in character development. (interview: Dr. Thomas Tutko, America's leading sports psychologist). Scholastic Coach. January 1986.
  57. An analysis of redshirting in intercollegiate football. Today's Coach. January 1985.
  58. In what direction is physical education going? The Foil. Fall 1984.
  59. Specific exercises for lower back pain. Women's Varsity Sports. March 1984.
  60. Strategies to reduce or prevent athletic injuries. The Sporting News-Sports Now. March 1984.
  61. Coach-referee relationship. reprinted in Indiana High School Athletics Association Bulletin. (September 1983); National High School Federation News. (January 1984); Connecticut Administrator's Newsletter. (January 1984); International Basketball Officials Journal-Sport styles.(February 1984); Athletic Directory. (April 1984); Athletic Directory. (July 1986).
  62. Keeping your mind and body in shape. The Sporting News-Sports Now. January 1984.
  63. Appropriate dress for winter sports. The Sporting News-Sports Now. January 1984.
  64. An analysis of ways to reduce sports related injuries. Women's Varsity Sports. December 1983.
  65. Recommended exercises to properly prepare for skiing. The Sporting News-Sports Now. first in a regular Training Table column; December 1983.
  66. An analysis of youth sports programs: The pros and cons. Starting Line. Fall 1983.
  67. Strategies to reduce running related injuries. Starting Line. Summer 1983.
  68. What the research indicates relative to youth sports and stress. Starting Line. Spring 1983.
  69. Examining the coach-referee relationship from an objective viewpoint. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance. May 1983.
  70. An analysis of various ways to improve aerobic fitness. Women's Varsity Sports. November 1982.
  71. High school students need to be made more accountable for their behavior. The High School Journal; Univ. of North Carolina Press; October 1982.
  72. Athletic director: Administrator or teacher. New York State Journal of HPER. Spring 1982.
  73. The real purpose of junior high sports. Starting Line. Fall 1982.
  74. An analysis of the pros and cons of youth sports specialization. Starting Line. Spring-Summer 1982.
  75. An analysis of the scientific principles of exercise: Part 2. Women's Varsity Sports. February 1981.
  76. An analysis of the scientific principles of exercise: Part 1. Women's Varsity Sports. January 1981.
  77. Strategies to prevent or reduce unnecessary injury. Women's Varsity Sports. December 1981.
  78. Physical fitness: Separating fact from fiction. Women's Varsity Sports. September 1981.
  79. Understanding the relationship of exercise and diet on weight control. Women's Varsity Sports. May 1981.
  80. Sports medicine: Answers to some common questions. Women's Varsity Sports. May 1981.
  81. Strategies on how to safely begin an exercise program. Women's Varsity Sports. April 1981.
  82. An analysis of the benefits of aerobic exercise. Louisville, Ky. Courier-Journal. April 1981.
  83. An analysis of the benefits of exercise. Women's Varsity Sports. March 1981.
  84. Is winning all that matters? Coach and Athlete. March 1981.
  85. Strategies on ways to stretch athletic and physical education budgets. Journal of Physical Education & Recreation. February 1981.
  86. An analysis of technique and strategies to teach bunting. Women's Varsity Sports. December 1980.
  87. Research on equal opportunity in interscholastic sports. The Review of Sports and Leisure. December 1980.
  88. Effects of Title IX seen in high school athletic programs. Athletic Purchasing and Facilities. August 1980.
  89. Ideas for the beginning elementary school physical education teacher. The Foil. Delta Psi Kappa. June 1980.
  90. Analyzing and implementing indoor drills for softball. Women's Varsity Sports. May 1980.
  91. The graduate assistant: A professional as well as a student. New York State Journal of HPER. April 1980.
  92. Efforts and procedures of selected New York State public high schools to provide equal opportunity in interscholastic athletics. New York State Journal of HPER. April 1980.
  93. Strategies to more effectively use your personnel. Women's Varsity Sports. April 1980.
  94. Techniques and coaching tips for fast-pitch softball. Women's Varsity Sports. March 1980.
  95. Motivational clinics can give a boost to your girls' softball program. Women's Coaching Clinic. Prentice-Hall, February 1980.
  96. The junior high coach: Teaching the basics and more. Coach & Athlete. January/February 1980.
  97. Task analysis and tactical training in softball. Scholastic Coach. December 1979.
  98. Survey reports action in New York State to provide athletic opportunities for girls. AAHPER Update. December 1978.
  99. An analysis of the efforts and procedures of selected New York State public high schools to provide equal opportunity and come into compliance with Title IX in interscholastic athletics. Ph.D.  Dissertation; The Ohio State University; Columbus, OH; August 1978.
  100. Hints for selecting assistant coaches. Coach & Athlete. August 1978.
  101. Will sport specialization reduce the number of all-around athletes? The Physical  Educator. Phi Epsilon Kappa, December 1977.
  102. Build your own playground. The Journal of Physical Education and Recreation. November 1977.
  103. Examining the role of the physical educator-coach. Coach and Athlete. October 1977.
  104. Youth sports : In what direction are they going? The Journal of Physical Education. March/April 1977.
  105. Examining the merits for community education. Education. Fall 1975.
  106. Ideas for an elementary school gym show.  The Foil.  March 1975.
  107. Recreation program contributes in unique and meaningful way. The Foil. March 1975.
  108. A community recreation program. The Journal of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. May 1973.


Miscellaneous Publications

 Over 1,000 articles on athletics in a variety of national publications including:  numerous manuscripts for Medalist-MacGregor Sports News, Today's Coach, Converse Inside Coaching, Athletic Directory, and periodically for Scholastic Coach, all of which are or were distributed to most high school and college athletic departments throughout the country;  also published numerous articles in a variety of national and regional newsstand magazines including: The Sporting News, Sport, Basketball Times, Baseball Digest, Baseball Bulletin, The Sporting News Basketball Yearbook (1980-1992).

National correspondent for the Gannett News Service covering University of Alabama football and basketball (1986-1988); staff writer for Bama - Inside the Crimson Tide (1985-2001) and national correspondent for the Associated Press  covering University of Alabama football and basketball (1989-present), writer for the Northport Gazette (2001-present) and Touchdown Alabama Magazine (2008-present).

Total of more than 2,000 professional HPER-athletics-related publications in professional journals (more than 120; approx. 65 refereed, 55 non-refereed), news stand magazines (more than 700), and weekly health and physical fitness newspaper columns (more than 725)