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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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).