Exercise Physiology for Health, Fitness, and Performance / Edition 2

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Exercise Physiology for Health, Fitness, and Performance, Second Edition, reprinted by LWW, integrates basic exercise physiology with research studies to stimulate learning, allowing readers to apply principles in the widest variety of exercise and sport science careers.

It combines basic exercise physiology with special applications and contains flexible organization of independent units, so instructors can teach according to their own approach. Each unit is designed with a consistent and comprehensive sequence of presentation: basic anatomy and physiology, the measurement and meaning of variables important to understanding exercise physiology, exercise responses, training principles, and special applications, problems, and considerations.

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Reviewer: Jonathan Dugas, PhD (UIC College of Applied Health Sciences)
Description: This book provides a comprehensive explanation of the basic concepts of exercise physiology while emphasizing the real world application of these concepts. It represents a marked improvement over the 2000 edition, with new chapters and many pedagogical features.
Purpose: The authors' purpose is to present concepts in a clear and comprehensive way that will allow students to apply the principles of exercise physiology in the widest possible variety of situations. Key to their goal is that they try to provide information that can be applied in a variety of situational settings, which is important because exercise can be applied to a number of professions. Generally, the authors do an excellent job of achieving the aims of this book.
Audience: The book is written specifically for exercise physiology students, who are primarily undergraduates. Based on the general format, the information presented, and the writing style, it is best suited for undergraduate students rather than professionals. However, it would serve as a suitable reference for professionals who need information on exercise physiology. Although the authors are not well known, oftentimes the better authors are not top-rated scientists with long publication lists.
Features: All the main topics are covered in chapters on some of the body systems that relate to movement, and more specific sections on physiological function. The best part of the book is the inclusion of many pedagogical items in each chapter that aid readers' understanding, such as short problems and "Focus on..." sections that present applied information. The book is complete with several appropriate appendixes such as metabolic equations and supplemental information. In some chapters, the information and references are not entirely up to date and do not reflect the changing nature of some areas of research. Mostly, there is a lack of new ideas that, although they may be unproven, are worthy of inclusion as they indicate to students how paradigms might change.
Assessment: With the addition of two new chapters, this update is justified. The authors are comprehensive in their approach to including the most important topics in exercise physiology, and offer a more applied approach compared to Physiology of Sport and Exercise, 4th edition, Wilmore et al. (Human Kinetics, 2008).
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Written for kinesiology and physical education majors, this text/CD- ROM package unifies basic scientific facts with applied concepts, covering basics of exercise physiology as well as special topics such as the impact of altitude on exercise training, pollution and exercise, and children and the cardiovascular risk factors of physical activity. Each unit presents material on basic anatomy and physiology, exercise response, training principles and adaptations, and special populations, such as women and the elderly. The accompanying CD-ROM contains graphic and animated tutorials. This second edition contains boxes on new research. Plowman teaches at Northern Illinois University; Smith, at Skidmore College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781792073
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Edition description: Reprinted
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 636
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

The Warm Up
Neuroendocrine Control of Exercise

Energy Production
Anaerobic Metabolism During Exercise
Aerobic Metabolism During Exercise
Metabolic Training Principles and Adaptations
Nutrition for Fitness and Athletics Body Composition: Determination and Importance
Body Composition and Weight Control

Respiratory Exercise Response, Training Adaptations, and Special Considerations
The Cardiovascular System
Cardiovascular Responses to Exercise
Cardiorespiratory Training Principles and Adaptations
Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Physical Activity
The Immune System,Exercise,Training, and Illness

Skeletal System
Skeletal Muscle System
Muscular Contraction and Movement
Muscular Training Principles and Adaptations
Neural Aspects of Movement

APPENDIX A: Units of Measure, the Metric System, and Conversions Between the English and Metric Systems of Measurement
APPENDIX B: Metabolic Calculations
APPENDIX C: Physical Activity and Health: A Report of the Surgeon General Executive Summary
APPENDIX D:Answers to "A Question of Understanding" Boxes

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