Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription-6th Edition / Edition 6

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Unique in its scope, depth of content, organization, and approach to the subject matter, the sixth edition of Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription will assist exercise science students and practitioners in bridging the gap between research and practice. Built around physical fitness components, this text shows readers first how to assess each component and then how to design exercise programs based on that assessment. Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription synthesizes concepts and theories from exercise physiology, kinesiology, measurement, psychology, and nutrition to provide a clearly defined approach to physical fitness testing and the design of individualized exercise programs. Unlike other introductory texts, which typically focus on field testing for evaluating physical fitness, this text includes both field and laboratory assessment techniques. This user-friendly text offers the latest physical activity and exercise recommendations for health benefits, weight loss, and weight maintenance as well as practical guidelines for designing individualized exercise programs for your clients. Readers will find the latest information on maximal and submaximal graded exercise testing in healthy populations, muscular fitness testing protocols and norms for children and adults, and field tests and norms for evaluating cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, body composition, flexibility, and balance. The sixth edition of Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription presents updated content throughout, including new guidelines for exercise testing and prescription from the 2010 edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, plus new physical activity recommendations from the U.S. government, American Dietetic Association, and the American Heart Association. Several topics have also been added or expanded to include updated information on •using new technologies—including global positioning systems (GPS), geographic information systems (GIS), interactive video games (such as Wii), and persuasive technology—to promote physical activity and to change exercise behaviors; •behavior change theories and models, including the health belief model, decision-making theory, theory of reasoned action, theory of planned behavior, and self-determination theory; •certification and licensure of exercise science professionals; •OMNI pictorial scales for assessing ratings of perceived exertion of adults and children; •exercise recommendations for preventing low back pain from the North American Spine Society; and •assessing balance and designing balance programs (new chapter). Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription begins with an overview of physical activity, health, and disease. Next, preliminary health screening, risk classification, and the principles of fitness assessment, exercise prescription, and exercise program design are discussed. The remainder of the text provides in-depth coverage of assessment and exercise prescription for each of five physical fitness components: cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular fitness, body weight and composition, flexibility, and balance. Within each chapter, key questions alert readers to essential information, while key points, review questions, and key terms reinforce important concepts and content. For instructors, online access to an instructor guide, test package, and presentation package provides helpful tools for lecture preparation, creative content delivery, and class assessment. In addition, for those who prefer the convenience of an electronic text, the sixth edition is now available as an e-book. By integrating the latest research, recommendations, and information into direct and clear guidelines for application, the sixth edition of Advanced Fitness Assessment and Exercise Prescription bridges the gap between research and practice for fitness professionals. Its unique scope, depth of coverage, and clearly outlined approach make it a valuable resource for students and exercise science professionals to increase their knowledge, skill, and professional competence.

Includes exercise-induced muscular hypertrophy, obesity & hypokinetic disease, selecting computer software.

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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer:Edward M. Heath, PhD(Utah State University College of Education & Human Services)
Description:This is a 4th edition of an undergraduate text (previously published in 1998) covering fitness appraisal and exercise prescription for healthy individuals. The author has incorporated new information in the field, with particular attention to the 6th edition of ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (2000), as well as some new pedagogical features.
Purpose:This is a book designed for a one-semester undergraduate fitness assessment and exercise prescription course.
Audience:The book is predominantly targeted at undergraduate students in exercise science but will also be an excellent resource for those working with healthy individuals in all aspects of the exercise and wellness field. Dr. Heyward has been a leader in this field for more than a decade.
Features:The book begins with a brief description of the impact of physical activity on health and disease followed by a chapter on screening and risk classification. The rest of the text includes information devoted to the assessment of and prescription for the five components of fitness. The information on assessing body composition, which is the primary research focus of the author, is particularly well done. The most appealing feature of the book must be the numerous choices the author has included in the assessment of the different fitness components. The choices that are offered the reader and the forms and norm tables throughout the text and in the appendices will be extremely useful for students andpractitioners.
Assessment:The 4th edition of Dr. Heyward's text is an excellent undergraduate text that is a standard in the field. There is not a better undergraduate assessment and prescription text for practical information on the testing and prescribing exercise for apparently healthy individuals.
From The Critics
Heyward (U. of New Mexico) integrates principles and theories from a number of fields in her presentation of the physical fitness testing and exercise prescription program design. Writing for exercise science students, she limits clinical information in her treatment of cardiorespiratory fitness, muscular fitness, body weight and composition, flexibility, and neuromuscular relaxation. Throughout, information from ACSM's Guidelines for Guidelines for Testing and Prescription (2000) is incorporated. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Shows how to select physical fitness tests, conduct physiological assessments, and design individualized exercise prescriptions for healthy clients. Early chapters cover hypokinetic diseases, health screening and risk classification, and principles of assessment. Includes separate chapters on assessment and exercise prescription for cardiorespiratory endurance, muscle strength, body composition and weight management, flexibility, and neuromuscular relaxation. Features key concepts and b&w photos and drawings, plus sources for equipment and appendices of forms and test protocols. This third edition incorporates new information on tests, guidelines, and measurements developed since 1991, and contains specific exercises for low back exercise programs. For students in advanced professional courses. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736086592
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/6/2010
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 1,221,223
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Vivian H. Heyward, PhD, is a Regents professor emerita at the University of New Mexico where she taught physical fitness assessment and exercise prescription courses for 26 years. In addition to the previous editions of this book, she has authored two editions of Applied Body Composition Assessment (Human Kinetics 1996, 2004) as well as numerous articles in research and professional journals dealing with various aspects of physical fitness assessment and exercise prescription.

Heyward has received many professional awards, including Distinguished Alumni Awards from the University of Illinois and the State University of New York at Cortland and the SWACSM Recognition Award for distinguished professional service and achievement.

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, nature photography, and creative journaling. Heyward resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Physical Activity, Health, and Chronic Disease

Physical Activity, Health, and Disease: An Overview

Cardiovascular Disease


Hypercholesterolemia and Dyslipidemia


Diabetes Mellitus

Obesity and Overweight

Metabolic Syndrome


Musculoskeletal Diseases and Disorders


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Chapter 2 Preliminary Health Screening and Risk Classification

Preliminary Health Evaluation

Testing Procedures for Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, and Electrocardiogram

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Chapter 3 Principles of Assessment, Prescription, and Exercise Program Adherence

Physical Fitness Testing

Basic Principles for Exercise Program Design

Exercise Program Adherence

Using Technology to Promote Physical Activity

Exercise Science as a Profession

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Chapter 4 Assessing Cardiorespiratory Fitness

Definition of Terms

Graded Exercise Testing: Guidelines and Procedures

Maximal Exercise Test Protocols

Submaximal Exercise Test Protocols

Field Tests for Assessing Aerobic Fitness

Exercise Testing for Children and Older Adults

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Chapter 5 Designing Cardiorespiratory Exercise Programs

The Exercise Prescription

Aerobic Training Methods and Modes

Personalized Exercise Programs

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Chapter 6 Assessing Muscular Fitness

Definition of Terms

Strength and Muscular Endurance Assessment

Sources of Measurement Error in Muscular Fitness Testing

Additional Considerations for Muscular Fitness Testing

Muscular Fitness Testing of Older Adults

Muscular Fitness Testing of Children

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Chapter 7 Designing Resistance Training Programs

Types of Resistance Training

Developing Resistance Training Programs

Common Questions About Resistance Training

Effects of Resistance Training Programs

Muscular Soreness

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Chapter 8 Assessing Body Composition

Classification and Uses of Body Composition Measures

Body Composition Models

Reference Methods for Assessing Body Composition

Field Methods for Assessing Body Composition

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Chapter 9 Designing Weight Management and Body Composition Programs

Obesity, Overweight, and Underweight: Definitions and Trends

Obesity: Types and Causes

Weight Management Principles and Practices

Well-Balanced Nutrition

Designing Weight Management Programs: Preliminary Steps

Designing Weight Loss Programs

Designing Weight Gain Programs

Designing Programs to Improve Body Composition

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Chapter 10 Assessing Flexibility

Basics of Flexibility

Assessment of Flexibility

Flexibility Testing of Older Adults

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Chapter 11 Designing Programs for Flexibility and Low Back Care

Training Principles

Stretching Methods

Designing Flexibility Programs: Exercise Prescription

Designing Low Back Care Exercise Programs

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Chapter 12 Assessing Balance and Designing Balance Programs

Definitions and Nature of Balance

Factors Affecting Balance and Risk of Falling

Assessment of Balance

Designing Balance Training Programs

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