Biological Rhythms and Exercise / Edition 1

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Overview

The effects of circadian rhythms on human performance in general and on response to exercise in particular are a well-known phenomenon. Often after a poor night's sleep or taking a "red-eye" flight into a different time-zone, one just doesn't feel like "themselves." This book aims to provide a comprehensive account of biological rhythms and how they affect exercise. Particular attention is given to sleep, its biological function, and the consequences for exercise performance of sleep loss. There are chapters devoted to the effects of disturbing the circadian body clock, such as when multiple time zones are crossed and jet-lag experienced. The effects of nocturnal shift work and seasonal variation are also covered. The interactions between exercise and the female menstrual cycle are explained and the issue of exercise during pregnancy discussed. Finally, there is a chapter devoted to research methods in chronobiology, the scientific discipline underpinning the content of the book.

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Reviewer: Geoffrey E. Moore, MD, FACSM (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)
Description: This is a complete, concise discussion of the current knowledge regarding biological rhythm effects on human performance. The rhythms discussed include diurnal/circadian, seasons, travel, menstrual, shift work, and more, How to cope with these life cycles is discussed as well.
Purpose: This book is designed as a comprehensive introductory text and fills a need for an informed discussion of biorhythms, particularly because of current fads commonly promoted by less objective authorities. It could also serve as a nice supplemental textbook for undergraduate physiology courses.
Audience: The authors intend for this book to be used by graduate students, athletes, sports professionals (coaches, etc.) and exercise scientists. They have succeeded in this regard, since the book is quite readable and informative. The professional jargon will be familiar to the intended audience, and jargon unique to chronobiology scientists is adequately defined. Persons not interested in sports but in biorhythms may also be interested. The authors are credible authorities in the field of chronobiology. It is worth noting that "biorhythms" in this text does not refer to the three-cycle system popularized by some magazines and books. The authors appropriately clarify that there is no objective evidence supporting this theory.
Features: The illustrations are generally appropriate but not profuse. Some of the illustrations are general biology background review. The references are recent and pertinent, within reason of publication timetables. The book has a very pleasant overall appearance, although there are no unique features. The cover photo nicely creates an impression of a rowing rhythm.
Assessment: This book admirably serves its purpose.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780192625243
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moores University

School of Medicine, Manchester University

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction to chronobiology 1
2 Physiological rhythms at rest 15
3 Circadian rhythms in mental performance 28
4 Circadian rhythms in sports performance 38
5 Sleep and exercise 62
6 Time-zone transitions 75
7 The travelling athlete 84
8 Shiftwork 96
9 The menstrual cycle and exercise 114
10 Seasonal variations 128
11 Research methodology in chronobiology 144
Index 159
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