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From The CriticsReviewer: Vincent F Carr, DO, MSA, FACC, FACP (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences)
Description: The result of a project sponsored by the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Medical Association, this extremely practical book is designed for clinicians to use to prescribe exercise for their patients.
Purpose: Very few physicians were taught how to prescribe exercise and this book works to remedy that deficit by giving specific advice on how to counsel patients in practical ways such as defining terms, giving specific activities, and explaining how to address misgivings and misunderstandings. The authors have presented a very useful prescribing tool.
Audience: The audience includes every clinician who would have the opportunity to prescribe exercise for patients. The book is also appropriate for the many lay persons who have become highly conversant in exercise physiology and focus on exercise as a means to stay healthy. Particularly, there are many personal trainers who can benefit from this information. The authors are active practitioners in this area.
Features: The strength of this book is in its discussion of how to approach patients with counseling techniques. Equally valuable is the specific advice on goal setting and the FITT principle for the specifics of an exercise prescription. At times, some of the chapters seem repetitive, but overall, the book is a tremendous asset for clinicians to help their patients. The chapter on special conditions provides valuable information on setting parameters for patients with concomitant conditions.
Assessment: The book makes many practical points that are readily transferred to the clinical setting. This is a valuable addition to a primary care library.