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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: D. Allen Waterfield, PhD (University of Delaware)
Description: This is a compilation of in-depth reviews of 18 different health/exercise issues.
Purpose: It is intended to present a Socratic review of the recent research in areas that include exercise physiology, health promotion, and some of the social science approaches to behavior change.
Audience: The primary audience would be graduate level students interested in exercise physiology and/or health promotion. I do not believe that it would be considered as a primary text, although it could be a supplemental resource. It would be very appropriate for use in a seminar "issues" setting.
Features: The areas covered are quite divergent, from strategies to promote physical activity to bone density in male endurance athletes. Features include questions built into the text, very extensive bibliographies for each subject, and summary boxes within each section of the chapter. The contributors are among the very best and are truly international, giving the book at broad and balanced flavor.
Assessment: I find this book to be an exceptional resource for those who are faced with the physical activity questions of why to exercise and what happens when you do exercise. There is an open and honest approach to the negative consequences of exercise. The drawback that I see is that the topics are so disparate that it would not serve well as a text, nor would all of the topics be of interest to the majority of people in the profession.