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Overview

From the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), this text provides the information necessary to develop skills for assessing an individual's health-related physical fitness. It provides a practical "how-to-do-it" approach for performing assessment skills effectively, and an understanding of the theory behind and the importance of each skill or assessment. The Third Edition includes updated references to ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, Eighth Edition, more diagrams and pictures highlighting assessment techniques, and new material on physical activity assessments, considerations for medication usage, and common measurement errors.

A companion Website includes an Image Collection, a Test Generator, and PowerPoint Slides.

This new text from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) contains information necessary to develop skills for assessing an individual's health-related physical fitness. It provides the reader with a practical "how-to-do-it" approach for performing these assessment skills effectively, and an understanding of the theory behind and the importance of each skill or assessment. Reported errors associated with each test are also given, and a step-by-step instruction of the skills is provided in order for the reader to gain proficiency through practice. Illustrations and tables supplement the text and enhance learning.

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Reviewer:Brent S.E. Rich, M.D., ATC(University Sports Medicine)
Description:This physical fitness assessment manual is an easy to read, reliable, and well written reference for the bookshelf of any sports medicine provider who discusses fitness with clients, patients, or athletes. The manual presents all of the important elements of fitness in a well outlined, step-by-step fashion.
Purpose:The purpose is to provide readers with the tools and the theories behind elements of physical fitness evaluation and assessment procedures. The book provides an easy to use reference where all of the elements of fitness are explained and presented in a well thought out and concise manner. The book meets the authors' objectives without including superfluous material.
Audience:The book is written for healthcare providers (physicians, nurses, personal trainers, exercise physiologists, and athletic trainers). The authors are credible authorities to write on this subject matter.
Features:The book defines physical fitness and then describes, in detail, the components of what fitness implies. Each of the areas of fitness is explained with both the methods to perform the evaluation and the theory as to why that component of fitness is important or valuable. Additionally, pre-exercise screening is addressed with a discussion regarding who needs to be cleared by a physician prior to starting a fitness program. Case studies help make this book both user friendly and practical. Finally, blank forms are included so community practitioners can use and adapt the principles explained in the manual to their own unique situations. The book explainseach principle in an easy to read, easy to understand, yet comprehensive fashion. The illustrations are adequate but not fancy. The drawings are consistent in the book, not flashy or full-color, but well done. The book is lightweight and can be read easily in a few hours.
Assessment:This book provides a quick and comprehensive reference to the components of physical fitness. Other books may explain the principles in more detail, but this one is more practical in its approach. The guiding elements of fitness evaluation are all included, making some other bulkier texts unnecessary or obsolete.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781797719
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 6/1/2009
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

CHAPTER 1 Introduction

  • Defining Health-related Physical Fitness
  • Components of Health-related Physical Fitness
  • The Importance of Measuring Health-related Physical Fitness
  • The Relationship of Physical Fitness to Health
  • The Relationship of Physical Fitness to Function
  • Fundamental Principles of Assessment
  • The Physical Fitness Professional
  • References
  • CHAPTER 2 Pre-Assessment Screening

  • Rationale for Preassessment Screening
  • Informed Consent
  • Objective: Risk Stratification
  • Other Health Issues to Consider
  • Summary
  • Laboratory Activities
    1. Risk Stratification Using a Comprehensive Health History Questionnaire
    2. Risk Stratification Using the AHA/ACSM Health/Fitness Facility
    3. Preparticipation Screening Questionnaire
    4. Administering an Informed Consent

    CHAPTER 3 Risk Factor Assessments

  • Resting Blood Pressure
  • Blood Test
  • Obesity
  • Physical Activity
  • Other Diseases and Conditions
  • Summary
  • Laboratory Activities
    1. Resting Blood Pressure Assessment
    2. Body Mass Index Assessment
    3. International Physical Activity Questionnaire Assessment

    CHAPTER 4 Body Composition

  • Why Measure Body Composition?
  • What Is the Gold Standard Test?
  • Clinical Measures
  • Tests of Body Volume
  • Anthropometry
  • Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
  • Interpretation
  • Estimation of Goal Body Weight
  • Laboratory Activities
    1. Skinfold Estimation of Body Fat Percentage

    CHAPTER 5 Muscular Fitness

  • Unique Assessment Principles
  • Muscular Fitness Continuum
  • Strength Assessments
  • Endurance Assessments
  • Interpretation Issues
  • Laboratory Activities
    1. Assessment of Muscular Strength
    2. Muscular Endurance Assessment

    CHAPTER 6 Flexibility

  • Flexibility as a Component of Health-related
  • Physical Fitness
  • Unique Assessment Principles
  • Methods of Measurement
  • Distance Tests for Assessment of Flexibility
  • Range of Motion Defined
  • Goniometers-Tools to Measure Range of Motion
  • Range-of-motion Assessment Overview
  • Interpretation
  • Laboratory Activities
    1. Range-of-motion Assessments
    2. Distance Tests for Flexibility Assessment

    CHAPTER 7 Cardiorespiratory Fitness: Estimation from Field and Submaximal Exercise Tests

  • Why Measure Cardiorespiratory Fitness?
  • What Is the Gold Standard Test?
  • Pretest Standardizations for Cardiorespiratory Fitness Assessments
  • Field Tests for Prediction of Aerobic Capacity
  • Submaximal Exercise Tests
  • Interpretation
  • Summary
  • Laboratory Activities
    1. Field Test Assessments of Cardiorespiratory Fitness
    2. Submaximal Exercise Test Assessments of Cardiorespiratory Fitness

    CHAPTER 8 Cardiorespiratory Fitness: Maximal Exercise Testing

  • Risks
  • Monitoring
  • Personnel
  • Selecting the Mode for Testing
  • Protocols
  • Test Procedures
  • Measured and Estimated V.O2max
  • Interpretation
  • Summary
  • Laboratory Activities
    1. Maximal Exercise Tests

    Appendix A Conversions

    Appendix B Forms

    Index

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