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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel P. Heil, PhD (Montana State University)
Description: This text is a much needed revision of the 5th edition that was published in 1995. Expansion of topics covered in the fifth edition, an update of terminology and testing guidelines, as well as a vast improvement in content organization and presentation all make this a valuable revision.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide exercise and health practitioners with a single, concise source of information pertaining to health screening, exercise testing, and prescription in a variety of populations. Such a text is absolutely critical to creating uniformity in exercise testing and prescription practices among a diverse group of health professionals, as well as serving to legitimize our presence to those in the medical community.
Audience: The text is intended to serve the needs of an incredibly diverse group of professionals that include health/fitness and clinical exercise professionals, medical physicians, PAs, OTs, PTs, RDs, and even healthcare administrators. I feel that the text is most appropriate for health/fitness and clinical exercise professionals who find themselves within health/fitness centers, corporate fitness environments, and clinical or cardiac rehabilitation centers.
Features: The reader will find this a single source of information with regard to health screening procedures, exercise testing guidelines, and exercise prescription guidelines for professionals working with both "low risk" and "high risk" patient populations (formerly known as "apparently healthy" and "known disease"). Chapter 4 (Physical Fitness Testing and Interpretation) in particular has been vastly improved with more complete descriptions of the background and rationale for common tests, detailed descriptions of tests not discussed in the fifth edition, and the addition of percentile tables following each test description. Other notable changes include the addition of a spiral binding and improved explanations for a diverse readership about metabolic calculations and environmental physiology.
Assessment: Due to enhanced organization and user-friendliness, I feel that this text could easily serve as a sole-source textbook for a university course on exercise testing and prescription guidelines.