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From The CriticsReviewer: Mandee Lasseter, ATC (Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic)
Description: This book presents the knowledge base for physical education and athletics by describing the many different roles and the information needed to help create successful programs. It uses case studies and key concepts to help students realize the effect that each part has on the whole.
Purpose: The purpose is to give physical education students and other health professionals the knowledge needed to promote healthful habits in youth. The need for this material is great because of the increased inactivity of young people in the United States. The author is successful in meeting his goals, providing information about various aspects of physical education and athletics.
Audience: The author states that the book is written for physical education students, healthcare professionals, and others working in the fitness industry. The book appears better suited for physical education students and aspiring coaches because of the introductory nature of the information. The author's educational experience, his work as an athletic trainer and as a national consultant on physical education, athletics, and sports medicine programs make him a credible authority on this topic.
Features: This book explores the key concepts behind physical education and exercise science, discussing the origins of physical activity and the historical references to the benefits of this activity. It also stresses the increased need for physical education because of the growing inactivity of youth in America, provides introductory information on movement, different types of exercise, physical education for students with disabilities, the role of coaches in promoting activity, and the role of administration in physical education and sport. The book is easy to read and the key concepts in the margins of the pages help to stress the take-home points. Most chapters include a case study, which helps readers apply the information to a real life situation. This helps the book appeal to students with different learning styles. It also is apparent that the book will be beneficial to aspiring coaches. Although there are sections that are specific to coaching, much of the book can easily help create a better equipped coach. The appendixes are good references for physical educators and coaches alike. These pages define dimensions of playing fields and provide helpful references. The only drawback is the omission of information about implementing a successful physical education program.
Assessment: This well written book is organized in a way that maximizes understanding and is a great resource for physical educators and coaches alike. While there seems to be a bit more emphasis on the development of coaches, the objectives of the book to provide the tools needed to engage young people in physical activity are met. I am inclined to choose this book over Introduction to Physical Education, Fitness, and Sport, 7th edition, Siedentop (McGraw-Hill, 2009), as a better reflection of the information that is needed in the field of health and physical education.