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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Thomas J Saunders, BS in Athletic Training(University of Tennessee at Knoxville)
Description: This book provides clinicians, exercise physiologists, and personal trainers with assessment tools to determine the physical fitness levels of their patients or clients. This version includes updated information about fitness testing and patient evaluation based upon the newest research available. The first edition was published in 2005.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide tools for the evaluation of health-related aspects of physical fitness. The book uses the most current research and data to provide up-to-date tools for practitioners to effectively evaluate their clients. The authors succeed in compiling the research and data into a concise and effective manual for easy reference.
Audience: Written for both practitioners and students, the book can be used as both a teaching tool and a professional reference.
Features: The book compiles data about physical fitness exercise parameters and divides it into usable chapters for determination of physical fitness levels covering body composition, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, exercise testing, anthropomorphic measurement testing techniques, and standards and parameters. Charts, graphs, and tables help explain standards and fitness levels. Illustrations are used to further explain details of specific tests.
Assessment: This is an update of an excellent book for practitioners to use as a daily reference. It also provides a usable platform for teaching physical fitness evaluation in a collegiate setting. It is a necessary update to the previous edition, including the most recent research in this edition.