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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erik H VanIterson, M.S., M.Bio(University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This is an excellent, scientific-based resource for cancer survivors and healthcare professionals who engage in recommending and leading exercise regimens for survivors. It is particularly useful as a primary learning tool for people interested in sitting for the ACSM Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer examination.
Purpose: The primary aim is to provide current, science-based recommendations for exercise prescription and guidelines that are specific for cancer survivors. Secondarily, it is meant to be a learning resource tool in practice settings for providers as well as clients. It helps to fill a gap in the study of exercise for special populations.
Audience: The intended audience includes students and health and fitness practitioners, and it is written methodically to be an excellent teaching resource for use in the classroom setting as well as in practice. Exercise physiologists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and personal trainers in particular may benefit from the addition of this book to their library.
Features: Concise chapters cover descriptions of cancer to understanding how it doesn't need to be a limiting factor in exercise participation. The book does an excellent job of providing real-life examples and demonstrating how the recommendations can be implemented in everyday practice.
Assessment: Edited by one of the field's most respected scientists, this is an excellent contribution to the field of exercise science. It brings together some of the key findings in the study of exercise for cancer survivors and puts them into a short, informative book that is appropriate for use in both classroom and practice settings.