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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erik H Van Iterson, MS, MBio (University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This is a much needed update of a book that introduces, comments on, and explains common practices and methodologies in the measurement of human performance in the field of sport and exercise science using research-based approaches. The previous edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reliable and practical educational resource to help students better understand and implement the principles of human performance measurement. Sport and exercise science practitioners need to be sure they are implementing trustworthy and reliable testing measures that are expertly explained in this book.
Audience: The highly respected and expert authors aim this book at an audience of students of sport and exercise science. Both undergraduate and graduate students can use this information in clinical as well as sport and activity settings. Practitioners also may find this book equally useful, particularly those in professional fields such as personal trainers, athletic trainers, exercise specialists, and strength coaches.
Features: The book is well organized, progressively building upon concepts introduced and explained in prior chapters. It ranges from introducing the basic ideas and concepts of human performance measurement to demonstrating the application of these principles. The authors do an excellent job of providing literature-based research to support their claims on the reliability and validity of specific but wide-ranging methodologies used for performance measurement in both adult and youth populations.
Assessment: This is a must have for any student seriously interested in understanding the building blocks of human performance testing in sport and exercise science. It thoroughly explains a multitude of testing methods while concurrently supporting their use in practice. This edition provides up-to-date references that demonstrate how the area of exercise and sport science measurement is a dynamic and progressive field.