Pediatric Fitness: Secular Trends and Geographic Variability / Edition 1

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Over the years, there has boon much controversy regarding whether today's children and adolescents are fitter than their peers of the past and whether they are fitter If they live in the more affluent that the less affluent countries. This publications starts by examining data cumulated since the late 1950s on secular trends and geographic variability in pediatric fitness test performance of children and adolescents from 23 countries in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and the Middle East. There is evidence that there has been a global decline in pediatric aerobic performance in recent decades, relative stability in anaerobic performance, and that the best performing children come from northern and central Europe. It finishes by considering possible causes, including whether declines in aerobic performance are the result of distributional or 'across-the-board' declines, and whether increases in obesity alone can explain the declines in aerobic performance.

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Reviewer: Douglas Moodie, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This well organized book provides a glimpse into the fitness levels of children from around the world.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide data on the fitness levels of children from around the world using the most current analysis on their aerobic fitness. This is certainly a worthy objective given the epidemic of obesity throughout the world, particularly in North America, Europe, and the Far East. The book meets the author's objectives of providing an excellent global view of the issue of aerobic fitness in children.
Audience: This would be of interest to public health administrators and professionals who are involved in providing health services for children. It would also be interesting to pediatricians, family practitioners, sports medicine physicians, trainers, school health officials, and nurses who are involved in children's exercise management and children's exercise program development.
Features: The book is well organized. The first chapters deal with the definition of aerobic fitness. These are followed by a review of children's fitness by location including North America, Europe, the Baltic States, Asia, and Australia including data from over 25 million children around the world. The last four chapters deal with the causes and the etiology of poor fitness levels, defining why fitness levels have declined around the world over the last 10-15 years. Particularly interesting is the fact that absolute peak VO2 levels (a measure of lung capacity and aerobic fitness) in boys were the highest in the 1960s through the 1970s and then declined during the 1980s. The superior fitness of Northern and Central European children has been a recurrent theme in studies since the 1960s. Significant decreases in fitness levels are noted in the Asian and Australian populations over the last two decades.
Assessment: This is an important and interesting book with a huge international database. With its detailed information on fitness levels in children from around the world, it should be an important addition to the library of anyone dealing with children and exercise issues.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783805581776
  • Publisher: Karger, S. Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Medicine and Sport Science Ser.
  • Edition number: 1
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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