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Exercise Testing and Prescription Lab Manual fills a void for the health fitness practitioner studying for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health Fitness Instructor Certification Exam. The manual offers a focused, step-by-step presentation of the skills included in the exam.

The text includes all the worksheets needed for every lab activity, and it presents 12 case studies to help readers learn how to thoroughly examine and interpret available information on real-life patients in terms of risk factors, appropriate goals, and program design. Labs are easy to understand and provide an excellent tool for test preparation.

The text's features include
-13 experience-based labs that correspond directly with the practical skills evaluated on the ACSM's Health Fitness Instructor exam,

-reference tables and charts that supply all the information necessary to complete the labs, and

-sequentially organized information that carries readers progressively through each phase of exercise testing and prescription.
Part I, “Pretest Responsibilities,” reviews lab instruments, procedures, and responsibilities as well as risk factor evaluation, informed consent, and medical history.

Part II, “Techniques in Exercise Testing,” includes five labs that focus on techniques used to assess the components of health-related fitness, from body fat assessment to ECG placement and monitoring operations.

Part III, “Exercise Prescription,” includes labs that address the three phases of exercise prescription and participant goal assessment.

The practical examples used throughout Exercise Testing and Prescription Lab Manual reinforce specific information for readers, providing a solid foundation of knowledge for the Health Fitness Instructor certification. The text is a must-read for anyone preparing for the ACSM exam.

This manual is also a good accompaniment to the Health Fitness Instructor's Handbook, Fourth Edition, by Edward T. Howley, PhD, and B. Don Franks, PhD, when preparing for the ACSM Health Fitness Instructor Certification.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736046947
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/24/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund O. Acevedo, PhD, is an associate professor at the University of Mississippi, where he teaches exercise testing and prescription and serves as director of the Applied Physiology Laboratory.

Formerly a corporate fitness program coordinator, he is a fellow of the ACSM and a certified exercise specialist. His 14 years of teaching experience serve him well in the field, as do his memberships in the American Physiological Society, AAPHERD, AAASP, and NASPSPA.

Acevedo makes his home in Oxford, Mississippi, with his wife, Tracy. In his free time, he enjoys running and competing in triathlons.

Michael A. Starks is a PhD candidate in exercise science and a graduate research and teaching assistant at the University of Mississippi. He holds a master's degree in exercise science from the University of Memphis, where he formerly served as health and fitness director of the Employee Wellness Unit.

Starks earned a graduate research fellowship at the University of Mississippi in 2001. Today he is a strength and conditioning specialist certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is a CPR and first aid instructor for the National Safety Council and American Red Cross.

Starks makes his home in Oxford, Mississippi, where he enjoys resistance training and spending time with his children.

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Table of Contents


Part I: Pre-test Responsibilities
Chapter 1.
Orientation to Lab Instruments, Procedures, and Responsibilities
Chapter 2. Calibrating Lab Instruments
Chapter 3. Risk-Factor Evaluation, Medical History, and Informed Consent

Part II: Techniques in Exercise Testing
Chapter 4.
Introduction to Health Fitness Assessment Techniques
Chapter 5. Submaximal Exercise Test Protocols
Chapter 6. Assessment of Body Fat
Chapter 7. Evaluation of Muscular Strength and Endurance
Chapter 8. Evaluation of Flexibility
Chapter 9. ECG Placement and Monitor Operations

Part III: Exercise Prescription
Chapter 10.
Metabolic Calculations
Chapter 11. Prescriptions for Initial Conditioning, Improvement, and Maintenance
Chapter 12. Assessing the Participant's Goals and Gaining Commitment to an Exercise Prescription
Chapter 13. Case Study Reports

Appendix A. Exercise Testing and Prescription Forms
Appendix B. Data-Collection Worksheets
Appendix C. Pharmacological Effects on Cardiorespiratory Responses to Exercise
Appendix D. Metric Conversions
Appendix E. Metabolic and Anthropometric Equations

About the Authors

List of Tables
Table 3.1 ACSM's Initial Risk-Stratification Table
Table 3.2 ACSM's Recommendations
Table 4.1 Standardized Descriptions of Sites for Body-Composition Measurements
Table 5.1 Correction Factors for Predicted Maximal Oxygen Uptake
Table 5.2 Classification of Maximal Oxygen Uptake (Maximal Aerobic Power) by Age Group
Table 5.3 Maximal O2 Uptake (Men): VO2 L/min
Table 5.4 Maximal O2 Uptake (Women): VO2 L/min
Table 6.1 Body Mass Index and Waist Circumference Disease-Risk Classification
Table 6.2 Body Composition Chart (Values Expressed in % Fat)
Table 7.1 One-Repetition Maximum for Bench Press (Upper-Body Strength)
Table 7.2 One-Repetition Maximum for Leg Press (Lower-Body Strength)
Table 7.3 One-Minute Curl-Up (Crunch) Abdominal Endurance
Table 7.4 One-Minute Push-Up Endurance
Table 7.5 Standard Values for Grip Strength—Dominant Hand (kg)
Table 8.1 Standard Values for Ankle Flexibility
Table 8.2 Standard Values for Shoulder Elevation (in Inches)
Table 8.3 Standard Values for Trunk Extension (in Inches)
Table 8.4 Standard Values for Trunk Flexion (in Inches

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