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From The CriticsReviewer: 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 and practitioners.
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.