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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Tara L.E. Mahanes, BS (St. Mary's Sports Medicine)
Description: This easy to read, well-written, up-to-date overview of fitness for teenagers provides excellent wellness and exercise tips, information, and directions. This second edition updates a 2004 publication.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce teenagers to the reasons for and benefits of wellness and fitness. This is crucial due to the ever-increasing obesity problem in our country. The author meets these objectives well with chapters on the benefits and reasons for exercising, followed by sport-specific exercises and tips.
Audience: The reading level is appropriate for teens.
Features: The descriptions of fitness and reasons for fitness in the book are current and well written, but the majority of the book focuses on the different ways teens can become active. There are descriptions of sports, definitions of the terms used in the sport, ways to get started, and how to play the sport. The book ends with possible problems that might occur with starting a fitness program and then addresses ways to combat these problems. The "Quick Tips," "It's a Fact!!," "Remember!!," and "What's it Mean?" boxes are great tools for tips, definitions, ideas, and understanding of the topics. The most glaring deficiency in the book is the lack of pictures.
Assessment: Overall, this is a competent, well-organized book that sufficiently introduces teens to fitness and many different sports and activities. It is a useful tool for them to obtain a base knowledge in fitness topics and different sports.