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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erik H. Van Iterson, PhD, MS, MBio (University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This is an excellent introduction to and overview of the core scientific areas that make up the field of exercise physiology and science. With updated references, the book offers some of the latest findings in the field while keeping the material appropriate for an introductory level textbook. The illustrations and figures contribute significantly to the understanding of the written material.
Purpose: The authors' aim is to offer an up-to-date book on the field of exercise physiology that is well supported by current scientific references. It is meant to serve as an overview as opposed to an all-encompassing textbook that finely details all areas of study that make up the field.
Audience: The highly esteemed authors of this book intend it for undergraduate students interested in learning some of the basic focus areas of exercise physiology without having to go into minute detail on each area. However, it also may be a valuable resource for allied health professionals such as physical therapists, athletic trainers, personal trainers, exercise physiologists, and coaches.
Features: The book is well organized into specific topic areas that are further broken down into referenced subsection chapters that provide a comprehensive look at the more important areas of each section. The plentiful and well-dispersed figures and illustrations complement the text to enhance reader understanding.
Assessment: This is an excellent learning resource for any person interested in the field of exercise physiology. Without going into unnecessary detail, the authors more than adequately cover the pertinent areas that exercise scientists and physiologists study on a regular basis. The up-to-date and well-referenced content is consistent with the reputation of the authors.