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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael G White, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is the second edition of a book that provides an excellent review of the issues of growth and development as they relate to the ability to train and exercise. Directed mainly at exercise physiologists or kinesiologists interested in child and teenage athletes, the book should also interest physicians or healthcare professionals who might provide primary care for this group of patients. The book provides a broad and sometimes detailed overview of anatomical, physiological and psychological development. The first edition was published in 1991.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a course of study for exercise physiologists and kinesiologists. The book includes lab exercises and chapters on the impact that exercise has on public health.
Audience: Teachers of exercise physiology and their students are the primary audience for this book.
Features: This book provides a comprehensive look at issues of growth and development as they may relate to the ability to exercise starting with prenatal issues and continuing through adolescence. It reviews the issues carefully and presents the measures used to quantify development related to these issues. An effort is also made to discuss the elements of study design necessary to evaluate these issues.
Assessment: This is an excellent text for a course in the development of the ability to exercise. It is a timely update of the previous edition.