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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Chris A. Klenck, M.D., Pharm.D.(University of Tennessee at Knoxville)
Description: This volume in the Encyclopedia of Sports Medicine series provides detailed reviews of biomechanics, training, nutrition, and injury associated with athletics.
Purpose: The goal is to provide pertinent discussions of the sciences related to sports and competition. It serves as an excellent resource both for a general understanding of sports science and as a quick reference for specific topics.
Audience: The chapters are written to appeal to exercise scientists, students, practitioners, and interested athletes. The authors are well recognized researchers and instructors from throughout the world with extensive experience in their fields.
Features: The book is diverse and comprehensive. Sections are dedicated to physiology, nutrition, immunology, cell biology, and biomechanics. In addition, discussions on sport psychology, young athletes, and female athletes are included. The book does a particularly good job of discussing the health benefits of exercise. However, the chapters are somewhat dense with text and lack color illustrations or images that would enhance the presentation.
Assessment: This is a valuable resource for anyone interested in the science of exercise and sport. It provides updated information on the science of sports and will complement any sports medicine library.