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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erik H. Van Iterson, PhD, MS, MBio (University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This book highlights and details the human body's cardiovascular system in response to acute and chronic aerobic and anaerobic exercise training. The information is well supported by scientific research and is applicable to many different settings, ranging from clinical healthcare practice to athlete training to the classroom.
Purpose: A primary focus of this book is on providing an up-to-date understanding of the human cardiovascular system. In doing so, the authors' aim is to fully outline in detail the components that comprise the human cardiovascular system. Their secondary aim is to explain how acute and chronic aerobic and anaerobic exercise affects each of these components individually and systematically in both healthy and unhealthy populations.
Audience: The appropriate audience includes students of health and exercise science and healthcare professionals with prior knowledge of exercise physiology and the cardiovascular system. Students and professionals may find this book useful as a classroom teaching resource, practical hands-on guide, or clinical resource tool for use with athletes, students, clinical populations, or fitness enthusiasts of all kinds.
Features: The book's two main sections introduce and then further explain the components and mechanisms of the cardiovascular system and its relationship with exercise physiology. Each chapter is structured so that readers can either read the book from beginning to end, or just individual chapters as needed. The illustrations are a great learning aid.
Assessment: This book is perfect for students or professionals with a strong interest in cardiovascular exercise physiology. It is well written and supported with up-to-date, peer-reviewed literature. The concepts are applicable to many different real-world settings ranging from the clinical setting to the classroom. It is a quick read due to its clear and concise style and should be kept as both a hands-on resource guide and a primary textbook for the classroom.