Introduction to Kinesiology With Web Study Guide-4th Edition: Studying Physical Activity / Edition 4

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Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity, Fourth Edition, is the most cohesive introduction to the field of kinesiology available, demonstrating how its many disciplines integrate into a unified body of knowledge. This all-inclusive approach gives students a solid background in the field and prepares them for further study and course work. This engaging and jargon-free text also introduces students to job prospects and areas of study and professional practice in kinesiology.

Introduction to Kinesiology, Fourth Edition, orients and prepares students for in-depth studies in their areas of interest. Its broad scope acknowledges students’ diverse interests and aspirations in professional and scholarly career tracks as well as teaching and coaching. Top kinesiologists expand discussion of physical activity beyond exercise, sport, or health-related activity in an effort to broaden conceptions of physical activity and the potential contributions of kinesiology.

The contributors, each with specific expertise in the subdisciplines, share their perspectives in chapters complemented by full-color photos and illustrations. Students can enrich their learning experience by taking advantage of the following tools and features:

• Chapter objectives help students keep the main ideas in mind as they read through the text, and summaries at the end of each chapter reinforce these concepts.

• Key points highlighted throughout each chapter stimulate interest and supplement information in the text.

• Study questions at the end of each chapter help students focus on key areas of the text.

A fully integrated web study guide helps students explore and comprehend concepts presented in the text. Callouts in the text (or links in the e-book) direct students to interactive activities, such as scenario-based activities, drag-and-drop, selecting from a menu, or responding with short answers to photos and scenarios presented. New and unique sidebars in the web study guide detail the major goals of each of the subdisciplines, provide case studies of real-world careers, and offer examples and applications to promote critical thinking. Practical Plug-In activities in part II help readers experience how content knowledge of the subdisciplines leads to real solutions. Part III features the addition of A Day in the Life profiles, drawing additional attention to the work of professionals in the field. Additional study questions, review of key points, activity feedback, interviews with practicing professionals, and web search activities further stimulate interest.

The fourth edition maintains its clear organization into three parts but with a streamlined format and increased emphasis on studying the field as a whole. A recurring diagram in each section visually displays the integration of experience, scholarly study, and professional practice and seeks to balance the importance of these unique and interrelated dimensions of the discipline. The first section of the text provides broad discussion of how physical activity experiences in sport, exercise, work, rehabilitation, and daily living contribute to the understanding of kinesiology and how kinesiologists design and apply physical activity experiences. Students are then introduced to the academic subdisciplines of kinesiology. Job descriptions of professionals in each subdiscipline educate students on careers available, and practical applications illustrate the importance of the subdiscipline and how it may relate or contribute to a variety of professional endeavors. In the final section, students will examine the responsibilities and requirements of professionals in health and fitness, therapeutic exercise, teaching, coaching, and sport management. Work setting analyses, educational qualifications, case studies, profiles of working professionals, and career advice help students determine their professional interests and direction.

The fourth edition of Introduction to Kinesiology remains the leading text for orienting students to the discipline of kinesiology and its diverse professions. With its full-color format and engaging writing style, Introduction to Kinesiology, Fourth Edition, presents the unified discipline of kinesiology and the variety, complexity, elegance, and importance of physical activity.

The book contains both black-and-white and two-color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Ernest G. Eugene, MS, BS (Marquette University)
Description: This introduction to kinesiology not only sets out the fundamentals of the discipline, it also discusses the diversity of professions it encompasses. With the numerous illustrations and tables throughout, it is a user-friendly book with an accompanying website with additional resources.
Purpose: The purpose is to help students understand at an elementary level the fundamentals of kinesiology and its various professions.
Audience: The book is written for students of kinesiology.
Features: The fundamentals of kinesiology and its application in the world of physical activity are presented. The pictures and illustrations are the best features of the book, promoting a successful learning experience for all types of learners.
Assessment: This is much more informative than the book I used as a student, and its illustrations and tables are more effective in helping readers understand/grasp concepts.
This textbook for undergraduate students addresses the discipline of kinesiology, including the role of physical activity and its relationship to kinesiology; the academic subdisciplines of kinesiology; and the professional experience and various possible careers in the physical activity fields. Includes learning objectives, interactive exercises, and study questions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781450434324
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 552
  • Sales rank: 146,054
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Shirl J. Hoffman, EdD, is a professor of exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he served as department head for 10 years. He has served at all levels of education: elementary physical education teacher, college-level coach, and professor in both research university and liberal arts college settings.

Hoffman has published extensively on a variety of topics, including sport philosophy and ethics, evangelicalism and religion in sport, sociology of sport, and motor learning and performance. He also has been a frequent commentator on problems in kinesiology and higher education. He has published widely on topics related to motor learning and control, qualitative analysis of movement, and sport philosophy, especially sport and religion. He was the charter executive director of the American Kinesiology Association and now is editor of Kinesiology Today, an online magazine.

Hoffman is a fellow emeritus of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He is the author of Good Game: Christianity and the Culture of Sport (2010) and was the project coordinator for Careers in Sport, Fitness, and Exercise (2011), published by the American Kinesiology Association.

Hoffman and his wife, Claude, reside in Greensboro, North Carolina and Boone, North Carolina.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction to Kinesiology

Shirl J. Hoffman and Janet C. Harris

Ways of Developing an Understanding of Kinesiology

Physical Activity: The Focus of Kinesiology

What Is Physical Activity?

What Is Kinesiology?

The Focus of Kinesiology: Exercise and Skilled Movement

Sources of Kinesiology Knowledge


Part I: Experiencing Physical Activity

Chapter 2. The Spheres of Physical Activity Experience

Shirl J. Hoffman

The Sphere of Self-Sufficiency

The Sphere of Self-Expression

The Sphere of Work

The Sphere of Education

The Sphere of Leisure

The Sphere of Health

The Sphere of Competition


Chapter 3. The Importance of Physical Activity Experiences

Shirl J. Hoffman

Physical Activity as a Signature of Humanity

Factors Influencing the Kinds and Amounts of Performance Experiences

Two Ways Experience Can Affect Physical Activity

How Quality and Quantity Affect Physical Activity Experience

Identifying Critical Components of a Physical Activity

Heredity and Experience


Chapter 4. The Importance of Subjective Experiences in Physical Activity

Shirl J. Hoffman

Four Truths About Sport and Exercise

Why Subjective Experiences Are Important

Components of Subjective Experience

Intrinsic and Extrinsic Approaches to Physical Activity

Factors Affecting Our Enjoyment of Physical Activity

Watching Sports as a Subjective Experience


Part II: Scholarly Study of Physical Activity

Chapter 5. Philosophy of Physical Activity

Scott Kretchmar and Cesar R. Torres

Why Use Philosophical Thinking?

What Do Philosophers Do?

History of Philosophy of Physical Activity

Research Methods for Philosophy of Physical Activity

Overview of Knowledge in Philosophy of Physical Activity


Chapter 6. History of Physical Activity

Richard A. Swanson

Why Use History of Physical Activity?

What Do Historians of Physical Activity Do?

History of Kinesiology and Physical Activity

Research Methods for History of Physical Activity

Overview of Knowledge in History of Physical Activity


Chapter 7. Sociology of Physical Activity

Katherine M. Jamieson and Margaret Carlisle Duncan

Why Use Sociology of Physical Activity?

What Do Sociologists of Physical Activity Do?

History of Sociology of Physical Activity

Research Methods for Sociology of Physical Activity

Overview of Knowledge in Sociology of Physical Activity


Chapter 8. Motor Behavior

Katherine T. Thomas and Jerry R. Thomas

Why Use Motor Behavior?

What Do Motor Behaviorists Do?

History of Motor Behavior

Research Methods for Motor Behavior

Overview of Knowledge in Motor Behavior


Chapter 9. Sport and Exercise Psychology

Robin S. Vealey

Why Use Sport and Exercise Psychology?

What Do Sport or Exercise Psychologists Do?

History of Sport and Exercise Psychology

Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Psychology

Overview of Knowledge in Sport and Exercise Psychology


Chapter 10. Biomechanics of Physical Activity

Kathy Simpson

Why Use Biomechanics of Physical Activity?

What Do Biomechanists Do?

History of Biomechanics

Research Methods for Biomechanics

Overview of Knowledge in Biomechanics


Chapter 11. Physiology of Physical Activity

Jennifer L. Caputo

Why Use Physiology of Physical Activity?

What Do Exercise Physiologists Do?

History of Physiology of Physical Activity

Research Methods for Physiology of Physical Activity

Overview of Knowledge in Physiology of Physical Activity


Part III: Practicing a Profession in Physical Activity

Chapter 12. Becoming a Physical Activity Professional

Shirl J. Hoffman

What Is a Profession?

How Do Our Values Shape Our Professional Conduct?

How Are Physical Activity Professionals Educated for the Workforce?

Are You Suited for a Career in the Physical Activity Professions?


Chapter 13. Careers in Health and Fitness

Sandra Minor Bulmer and Jeremy Howell

What Is the Health and Fitness Profession?

Settings for Health and Fitness

Roles for Health and Fitness Professionals

Trends and Opportunities in Health and Fitness

Advice for Health and Fitness Students


Chapter 14. Careers in Therapeutic Exercise

Chad Starkey

What Is Therapeutic Exercise?

Settings for Therapeutic Exercise

Roles for Therapeutic Exercise Professionals

Trends and Opportunities in Therapeutic Exercise

Advice for Therapeutic Exercise Students


Chapter 15. Careers in Teaching Physical Education

Kim C. Graber and Thomas J. Templin

What Is the Teaching of Physical Education?

Settings for Teaching Physical Education

Roles for Physical Education Professionals

Trends and Opportunities in Teaching Physical Education

Advice for Physical Education Students


Chapter 16. Careers in Coaching and Sport Instruction

Joseph A. Luxbacher and Shirl J. Hoffman

What Is Coaching and Sport Instruction?

Settings for Coaching and Sport Instruction

Roles for Coaching and Sport Instruction Professionals

Trends and Opportunities in Coaching and Sport Instruction

Advice for Coaching and Sport Instruction Students


Chapter 17. Careers in Sport Management

G. Clayton Stoldt and Mark C. Vermillion

What Is Sport Management?

Settings for Sport Management

Roles for Sport Management Professionals

Trends and Opportunities in Sport Management

Advice for Sport Management Students


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