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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erik H. Van Iterson, PhD, MS, MBio (University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This undergraduate level book introduces and applies the key concepts of exercise physiology, using numerous figures and diagrams to demonstrate the mechanisms and processes that occur in the human body during the course of exercise training.
Purpose: The aim is to introduce the basic fundamental principles of exercise physiology. The book explains the physiological processes that occur during exercise training and how different variables may affect performance. It expands upon these key concepts, using real life examples and primary research to demonstrate how these principles may be applied in practice.
Audience: The primary audience is undergraduate students, and the book is organized to allow an instructor to plan a lecture series based upon the order of the chapters. However, it also may be appropriate for other professions in the exercise sciences, such as physical therapists, coaches, trainers, and fitness enthusiasts.
Features: The book sufficiently describes the key principles found in many exercise physiology textbooks, but the book excels in the figures, diagrams, and tables that demonstrate physiological processes occurring before, during, and after exercise training.
Assessment: This is an excellent contribution to the field of exercise physiology. It provides accurate and current information well supported by peer-reviewed literature. The systematic presentation is well thought out, resulting in an accessible textbook that can be read start to finish or one topic at a time.