ACSM's Introduction to Exercise Science

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Overview

Developed by the American College of Sports Medicine for undergraduate students, this introduction offers you the essential foundation needed for advancing your studies in exercise science and related areas such as athletic training and sports medicine. The text shows how exercise science principles are applied in practice so that you can learn to help people optimize their health and athletic performance. All the core disciplines of exercise science are covered, including biomechanics, exercise physiology, sports psychology, motor control and learning, nutrition, and sports injury.

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Reviewer: 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.).
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Reviewer: 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.).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781778114
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 2/1/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 728,284
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface iv

Acknowledgments vi

Reviewers vii

Chapter 1 Introduction to Exercise Science 1

What is Exercise Science? 6

Historic Development of Exercise Science 9

Exercise Science and the American College of Sports Medicine 15

Academic Preparation in Exercise Science 19

Research in Exercise Science 26

Chapter 2 Exercise Science: a Systems Approach 37

Nervous System 38

Muscular System 42

Skeletal System 46

Cardiovascular System 49

Pulmonary System 52

Urinary System 54

Digestive System 57

Endocrine System 61

Immune System 65

Energy Systems 68

Chapter 3 Exercise Physiology 76

Historic Development of Exercise Physiology 78

The Basis of Study in Exercise Physiology 81

Areas of Study in Exercise Physiology 84

Other Areas of Study 106

Chapter 4 Clinical Exercise Physiology 113

History of Clinical Exercise Physiology 114

Duties and Responsibilities 117

Specific Disease Conditions 130

Chapter 5 Athletic Training and Sports Medicine 148

Historic Development of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine 151

Primary Responsibility Areas of Athletic Training Professionals 156

Sports Medicine 167

Current Issues in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine 172

Chapter 6 Exercise and Sport Nutrition 182

History of Nutrition 185

Basic Nutrients 191

Measuring Nutritional Intake 196

Nutrition for Health 199

Nutrition for Sport and Athletic Performance 203

Chapter 7 Exercise and Sport Psychology 218

History of Exercise and Sports Psychology 221

Study of the Mind and Body 225

Exercise and Mental Health 236

Exercise Behavior 240

Chapter 8 Motor Behavior 250

Brief History of Motor Behavior 252

Motor Development 257

Motor Learning 262

Motor Control 272

Areas of Motor Behavior Application 277

Chapter 9 Clinical and Sport Biomechanics 286

History of Biomechanics 288

Study of Biomechanics 291

Basic Concepts Related to Kinetics 298

Areas of Study in Biomechanics 302

Advanced Biomechanical Concepts 309

Chapter 10 Equipment and Assessment in Exercise Science 317

Pretesting Guidelines and Procedures 318

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Function Assessment 321

Musculoskeletal Function Assessment 330

Energy Balance Assessment 336

Measuring Body Composition 340

Blood Collection and Analysis 344

Rehabilitation Assessment and Equipment 347

Motor Performance 349

Behavioral and Psychological Assessments 353

Chapter 11 Careers and Professional Issues in Exercise Science 357

Certification, Licensure, and Registration 359

Career Employment and Professional Opportunities 363

Professional Organizations in Exercise Science 373

Professional Organizations Related to Exercise Science 380

US Government Agencies with an Interest in Exercise Science 381

Additional Organizations and Agencies in Exercise Science 387

Chapter 12 Exercise Science in the Twenty-First Century 390

Exercise Science and Health 391

Epidemiology and Health Promotion 392

Using Past Information to Improve Future Health 399

What will the Future Bring? 400

Exercise Science and Sport and Athletic Competition 404

What will the Future Bring? 405

Index 413

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