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From The CriticsReviewer: John M. Kras, BA, MA, EdD (Utah State University College of Education & Human Services)
Description: This second edition of an introductory book in physical education covers all of the important components in the field. Especially useful are the interactive exercises throughout the text. The first edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The purpose is to introduce kinesiology students to physical activity (PA), the study of PA, and careers in PA. These are very important aspects to developing a solid base of knowledge for the study of kinesiology.
Audience: This book is aimed at first year kinesiology students. It is well written and factual.
Features: The book thoroughly covers the current issues in PA and the possible careers one might pursue with a degree in kinesiology. The best overall feature are the numerous pictures and diagrams used to illustrate points of interest. This has great value to the student. The coverage of careers in PA is excellent. The only shortcoming could be the amount of material covered for one semester of 15 weeks or perhaps the cost.
Assessment: The overall quality of this book is very good. It compares favorably with Wuest and Bucher's Foundations of Physical Education, Exercise Science, and Sport, 14th edition (McGraw-Hill, 2002) covering the same material. This field is so dynamic that frequent updates are necessary.