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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Tamerah N. Hunt, PhD (The Ohio State University Medical Center)
Description: This introductory book provides a very broad review of exercise science and pertinent information for those learning to work in fields related to exercise science. It is easy to read and provides supportive research, tables, and figures to clarify the material and help readers assimilate the information.
Purpose: This is an overview of the components important for developing a solid understanding and appreciation of all aspects of exercise science. Unfortunately, this goal is not a novel one, and the book is similar to others on the market.
Audience: It is written for first-year students interested in learning more about exercise science, which becomes evident in the writing style and content. The author is well published in exercise science and brings a level of experience in the profession that students can appreciate.
Features: The book provides basic information about the effect of exercise on body systems, professional attainment following a degree in exercise science, and historical perspectives of exercise science and related professions. It includes personal interviews from individuals practicing in the field and critical thinking skills for first-year students learning about the field. However, the book is limited to dated information and techniques. Further, the figures and tables are monochromatic and, at times, the chapters do now flow well.
Assessment: While this book uses some novel techniques that enhance the ease of reading and support working in the field, it appears to duplicate information in other currently available books (Exploring Exercise Science , Wilson (McGraw-Hill, 2009); Introduction to Exercise Science , 3rd edition, Housh (Holcomb Hathaway, 2007) etc.).