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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jonathan Dugas, PhD (UIC College of Applied Health Sciences)
Description: As the clinical specialty of exercise physiology continues to emerge, it is important to have a book to use both as a teaching tool and as a reference for practicing professionals. This is the second edition of just such a book, and it provides a comprehensive foundation both for students who desire to work as exercise physiologists and for already practicing medical professionals.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a staple for the training and implementation of clinical exercise physiology. This is important because this specialty is still young and needs a starting point for individuals in practice and in training. The second edition exceeds its primary aims and serves as an excellent resource for educating students and others about the clinical aspects of exercise physiology.
Audience: The audience includes students who are preparing for a career in exercise physiology and medical professionals who need a reliable reference. The editors represent a wealth of experience in practical application as well as the teaching of clinical exercise physiology.
Features: The book covers all of the foundational concepts important in clinical exercise physiology, including such topics as chronic and congenital disease states, as well as aspects of permanent and debilitating injuries such as spinal cord damage. The book's strength is its comprehensiveness. It leaves no stone unturned in its approach to the clinical aspects of exercise. A unique characteristic is the inclusion in each chapter of a case study that contains actual data so that readers can apply the concepts. While much of the general responses to exercise are known and well described, the book lacks clear graphs that illustrate the effects of the different disease states on a patient's exercise tolerance and physiological function.
Assessment: This is an essential book for clinical exercise physiology students and is an important reference for professionals. In an improvement over the first edition, this edition enhances the delivery of the content and provides resources for educators such as a test bank and presentation package.