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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erik H. Van Iterson, PhD, MS, MBio (University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This is the second edition of a well-rounded book that covers concepts from basic science all the way to practical application of the presented theories of sport performance.
Purpose: The objective is to present the scientific and practical knowledge to develop the physical capabilities of athletes in a given sport. It aims to give a strong basic science foundation early on, while transitioning to movement science principles and, finally, to application in the field of performance.
Audience: The book is appropriate for college-level students and/or health professionals. Health professionals who may benefit from the updated material include personal trainers, coaches, athletic trainers, and physiotherapists. A prior background in the basic sciences as well as movement science is recommended, as it will help in readily understanding the concepts.
Features: Although the book starts off with foundations of science before transitioning through logically ordered chapters, readers may find it equally effective to choose to read select chapters of particular interest. Numerous figures and pictures help reinforce important concepts and enable a better understanding of movement patterns and anatomy.
Assessment: This update is a worthwhile contribution to the field of movement science. It is well supported by current scientific references and is authored by experts in the field. The principles and concepts outlined and discussed are practical.