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From The CriticsReviewer: Brian Bratta, MS, ATC, CSCS (Michigan State University)
Description: This is a thorough analysis of the field of kinesiology, from types of physical activity to the different careers in the field. Unlike the previous editions, released in 2000 and 2005, this edition includes guest authors who explain their specialties.
Purpose: The author's purpose is to define kinesiology in three ways: "participating in and observing physical activity, studying and conducting research, and delivering professional services." This is a competent way to look at the concept of kinesiology as it is an ever evolving field with new careers. The author does a nice job and uses many resources to explain concepts to the fullest.
Audience: Written as an introductory level assessment of kinesiology, this book is good for an entry level student deciding what major to pursue. It is appropriate for a survey level course of the field. The editor is a professor emeritus in the field of exercise and sport science.
Features: This book takes a good look at what kinesiology is as a general field, and then takes those interested a step further and discusses possible careers. Along the way, it also reviews reputable research that has been done in the field and educates readers how to continue this research. The online study guides give students an in-depth look at, and a better understanding of, the concept of kinesiology.
Assessment: The book covers topics thoroughly and is a good choice for a survey level course in kinesiology. The experience of the guest authors adds another level of professionalism.