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From The CriticsReviewer:Kenneth W. Rundell, PhD(U. S. Olympic Committee)
Description:This book provides a basic overview of biochemistry and molecular biology as it specifically relates to human exercise. The fundamental concepts of protein structure, protein synthesis, enzymatic reactions, and metabolic pathways essential to exercise physiology are presented in an easy to understand format. The text can be used as a supplemental reference for exercise physiology students, or as the foundation for a pre-exercise physiology course. Although the book lacks detail found in a classic biochemistry text, key components necessary to understand the biochemical principles of exercise are well discussed.
Purpose:The author?s rationale for the text is to present basic biochemistry for exercise physiology and sport nutrition students who lack a strong biology/chemistry background. The objective of the second edition to couple biochemistry with exercise examples and applications is well integrated into the text.
Audience:The primary audience is the upper-level undergraduate and graduate exercise science and sport nutrition students. According to the author, this book is also a valuable reference for individuals in exercise physiology research. Although this text could serve as a valuable reference to the undergraduate student, the depth of material covered is perhaps too basic for the graduate student and working researcher.
Features:The author provides an easy to understand, comprehensive text integrating biochemistry and exercise. Specific examples are presented throughout the text relating modern molecular biology and chemistry to exercise. Additionally, each topic section within the chapters is concluded with a useful "key point" summary, enhancing the readability. The numerous illustrations throughout are clear and provide excellent visual interpretations of the topics. The glossary is appropriate and useful; the text is well indexed. However, the number (62) of references is substantially inadequate for a text of this magnitude.
Assessment:The author has provided an excellent supplemental text for the undergraduate exercise physiology student. The book is an excellent resource on the fundamentals of biochemistry as applied to exercise. Moreover, this book could be used as a text for an undergraduate pre-exercise physiology course. Numerous examples of biochemistry in exercise are provided throughout each chapter that maintains reader interest and the chapters follow a logical progression. The author has done a fine job of making an often difficult to understand topic enjoyable to read. The author?s overall objectives have been met, resulting in a high quality, needed product.