Overview

Learn to:

  • Figure out how the body moves
  • Understand the connections between the mind and the body
  • Understand the science behind exercise and movement

Your guide to the body’s constant state of movement

You use your body every day, but do you really know how it works? Kinesiology For Dummies helps you discover the science of movement, a ...

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Kinesiology For Dummies

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Overview

Learn to:

  • Figure out how the body moves
  • Understand the connections between the mind and the body
  • Understand the science behind exercise and movement

Your guide to the body’s constant state of movement

You use your body every day, but do you really know how it works? Kinesiology For Dummies helps you discover the science of movement, a crucial area of knowledge for professionals and students in healthcare-related fields. Written by experts in exercise science, this hands-on, friendly guide shows you how the connections between the mind and the body are so important to how we do just about everything.

  • Brains and brawn — find out about motor control, exercise metabolism, the role of the cardiovascular system, and how we adapt to our environment
  • Biomechanics are key — discover the basics of human movement, how bones and joints come into play, what all those muscles are for, and how to analyze motion
  • The mind-body connection — gain an understanding of how the mind and body connect to perform physical exercise
  • Get to work — put your knowledge to use by tweaking your exercise program, acing your next exam, or applying that new knowledge to your career

Open the book and find:

  • An introduction to the science of movement
  • How the brain provides motor control
  • How we adapt to our environment
  • The way we move and the reasons behind it
  • Details on the functions of bones and joints
  • How to analyze the way you move
  • How mind-body connections relate to exercise
  • Ten career choices for aspiring kinesiologists
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118549254
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 1/30/2014
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 205,481
  • File size: 9 MB

Meet the Author

Dr. Steve Glass is a Professor in the Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Brian Hatzel is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in Movement Science at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Rick Albrecht is a Professor and Sports Leadership Coordinator in the Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started with Kinesiology 5

Chapter 1: Introducing Kinesiology: The Science of Movement 7

Chapter 2: The History and Philosophy of Sport and Exercise 17

Part II: Exercise Physiology 39

Chapter 3: The Brains behind the Brawn: Motor Control 41

Chapter 4: Keeping the Big Wheel Turning: Exercise Metabolism 57

Chapter 5: The Body’s Engine: The Cardiovascular System 83

Chapter 6: Earthlings and the Earth: Adapting to Your Environment 111

Part III: Basic Biomechanics: Why You Move the Way You Do 127

Chapter 7: The Nuts and Bolts of Movement 129

Chapter 8: Bone Composition and Function 155

Chapter 9: These Joints Are A-jumping! 175

Chapter 10: Let’s Move, Baby! The Muscles 203

Chapter 11: Motion Analysis: Seeing How You Move 235

Part IV: Mind-Body Connections 257

Chapter 12: Staying Connected: The Bio-Psycho-Social Model 259

Chapter 13: Sticking with It: Motivation and Adherence 275

Chapter 14: Looking Good, Feeling Good: Exercise, Mood, and Mind 291

Chapter 15: Too Much of a Good Thing 313

Part V: The Part of Tens 335

Chapter 16: Ten Foundations of Fitness 337

Chapter 17: Ten Facts about Obesity and Physical Inactivity 343

Chapter 18: Ten Careers for Kinesiologists 349

Index 353

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