Endurance in Sportby R. J. Shephard
Endurance in Sport is a comprehensive and authoritative work on all aspects of this major component of sports science. The book also embraces medical and sport-specific issues of particular relevance to those interested in endurance performance. The scientific basis and mechanisms of endurance - physiological, psychological, genetic and environmental - are all… See more details below
Endurance in Sport is a comprehensive and authoritative work on all aspects of this major component of sports science. The book also embraces medical and sport-specific issues of particular relevance to those interested in endurance performance. The scientific basis and mechanisms of endurance - physiological, psychological, genetic and environmental - are all considered in depth. Measurement of endurance is extensively reviewed as is preparation and training for physical activities requiring endurance.
Description: This book examines endurance sport from a physiological, psychological, and environmental perspective. Since the debut of the first edition in 1992, new international experts have been added as contributors to this second edition.
Purpose: The purpose is to expand on existing endurance sport literature, which is dominated by the field of physiology, by integrating information related to the stresses encountered and the adaptations made as a result of participation in endurance activity. This objective enables the reader to realize the whole-body response to endurance exercise from a multisystems perspective.
Audience: This book targets graduate and upper level undergraduate students and professionals from all kinesiology specialties in addition to physicians, clinicians, and trainers. The editors have assembled recognized international experts from each field to address pertinent areas in various biological systems and exercise modalities.
Features: As expected, the bulk of the text thoroughly covers cardiorespiratory adaptations to endurance activity, but also integrates other aspects from a musculoskeletal, endocrine, and neurological perspective. The book is divided into eight sections addressing definitions, basic science considerations, measurement, training principles, specific populations, environmental aspects, clinical aspects, and specific sport issues as they relate to endurance sport. Several chapters in each section reflect the format of minireview papers.
Assessment: It is refreshing to have one book that encompasses multifactorial adaptations associated with endurance sport. Furthermore, these changes are addressed with consideration to genetic factors, environment, gender, and age and their impact on endurance capabilities. There are numerous texts available that address physiological aspects of endurance sport, but this one addresses physiological issues plus others, making it an all-inclusive reference for kinesiology professionals and students.
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