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This new book is designed for the newly developing curriculum emerging in the field of Physical Education Exercise Science. Today, there is a renewed interest and dedication to the scientific study of human movement. This is reflected in the trend for physical education programs to change their names to departments of Kinesiology, Exercise and Sport Sciences, Human Movement, etc. This book captures this shift in the field of physical education by covering each of the sub-disciplines related to the study of human movement at an introductory level. For professionals in the field of physical education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780137951130
  • Publisher: Benjamin Cummings
  • Publication date: 1/9/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 453
  • Product dimensions: 6.92 (w) x 8.97 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Table of Contents

Each chapter opens with “Chapter Objectives” and closes with “Final Comment,” “Questions for Thought,” “Key Terms,” “Advanced Resources,” and “References.”

1. Introduction to the Sciences of Human Movement.


Historical Perspective.

Early Contributions Age of Enlightenment Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Twentieth Century Today and Tomorrow.

A Family of Disciplines.

Anatomical Kinesiology Biomechanics Exercise Physiology Fitness and Health Motor Development Motor Learning and Control Sport Psychology Sport Pedagogy.


Outsmarting the Future Surfing the Net: Gateway to the World.

2. The Scientific Study of Human Movement.


The Scientific Process.

Bottom-up Thinking: Observation to Theory Top-down Thinking: Theory and Deduction Is Theory Necessary?

Scientific Tools.

Measurement Sampling Experimental Paradigms Statistics.

Experimental Validity.

Internal Validity: Cause of the Results External Validity: Generalizability Ecological Validity: The Real World.

Research and Theory Into Practice.


Computers: A Historical Perspective Ethical Treatment of Human Subjects Chaos in the Brickyard.

3. Anatomical Kinesiology.


The Skeletal System.

Bone Articulations and Joints Muscle Attachments Anatomical Planes and Axes Anatomical Lever Systems.

The Central Nervous System.

The Brain The Spinal Cord.

The Peripheral Nervous System.

Neurons: The Communication System The Sensory System.

The Muscular System.

Structure of Skeletal Muscle The Motor Unit.


Examining the Brain without Surgery: Advances in Neuroimaging Carpel Tunnel Syndrome Gray's Anatomy.

4. Biomechanics.


Types of Motion Measurement in Biomechanics.

Center of Gravity, Stability, and Balance.

Center of Gravity Stability and Balance.

Linear Motion.

Linear Kinematics Projectile Motion Linear Kinetics.

Angular Motion.

Angular Kinematics Angular Kinetics.

Fluid Mechanics.

Drag Lift Buoyancy.


Gideon B. Ariel and Ariel Dynamics Inc. Biomechanics and Injuries in Industrial Settings A “Stretched” Stitch in Time.

5. Exercise Physiology.


Exercise Metabolism.

Anaerobic and Aerobic Metabolism Immediate Energy System Lactic Acid System Oxygen System.

The Cardiovascular System.

Cardiac Function Circulation Blood Pulmonary Function.

Factors Affecting Performance.

Fatigue Stimulants Growth Enhancing Drugs Oxygen, Altitude, and Blood Doping Heat and Humidity.


Under Pressure Anabolic-androgenic Steroids: A Historical Perspective.

6. Fitness and Health.


Exercise and Health.

Longevity and Quality of Life Potential Risks of Exercise.

Graded Exercise Testing.

Pre-exercise Screening Pre-exercise Evaluation Exercise Testing Protocols Monitoring During and After an Exercise Test Post Exercise Consultation.

Training for Health and Fitness.

Basic Concepts of Training Muscle Strength, Power, and Endurance Aerobic and Anaerobic Training.

Exercise and Nutrition.

Energy Nutrients Vitamins, Minerals, and Water Fueling for Exercise Nutrition, Body Composition, and Weight Control.


It's Never Too Late Walk Don't Run Synthetic Protein: Great News for Obese Mice.

7. Motor Development.


Theoretical Perspectives Current Issues Methods of Study.

The Lifespan of Motor Development.

Infancy Childhood Adolescence Adulthood.

Factors Mediating Motor Development.

Biological Influences Perceptual Influences Memory Movement Planning and Execution.


Biological Synchronization Johnny and Jimmy Pioneers in Motor Development: Lolas Halverson and Esther Thelen.

8. Motor Learning and Control.


Diversity of Movement.

Task and Environmental Dimensions Stages of Learning.

Theoretical Perspectives.

Information Processing Dynamic Systems Perspective.

Controlling Movement.

Role of Feedback in Motor Control Hierarchical Control Schema Theory: Generalizable Motor Programs Speed-Accuracy Trade-Off.

Factors Affecting Learning and Performance.

Acquisition, Retention, and Transfer Information Feedback Practice Schedules and Composition.


The Life and Legacy of Franklin Henry Feedback and the Virtual World Simulators - Teaching Tools of the Future.

9. Sport Psychology.



Psychodynamic Perspective Trait and State Perspective Exercise and Sport as Mediators of Personality.

Stress and Performance.

Arousal Anxiety Arousal, Anxiety and Performance Intervention Strategies.


Participation and Attrition Extrinsic and Intrinsic Motivation Methods for Improving Intrinsic Motivation Attribution Theory.

Social Issues and Sport.

Group Cohesion Audience Effect Aggression Gender Issues.


Coleman Griffith: The Father of Sport Psychology The Long and Short of Goal Setting.

10. Sport Pedagogy.


The Development of Sport Pedagogy.

Searching for the Best Teacher and Teaching Method Observation of the Activity in the Gym.

Distinguishing Research in Teacher Education and Teaching in Physical Education.

Theoretical Framework for Research in Teacher Education and Teaching in Physical Education.

Research on Teacher Education in Physical Education.

Teacher Education: The Student Teacher Education: The Teacher Teacher Education: The Process.

Research on Teaching Physical Education.

Class Management Instruction Student Supervision.


What Should We Teach Our Children About Movement? Providing Incentives to Help Manage the Classroom.

Appendix A.


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