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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erik H VanIterson, M.S., M.Bio(University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: With its focus on the scientific study and application of physical activity and its potential health benefits, this book covers topics ranging from the basic physiology of physical activity to how physical activity may be used as a form of preventive medicine in people of all ages. This edition is updated with current scientific research.
Purpose: The authors' aim is to provide a resource focusing on physical activity and its purported benefits for human health. They present evidence-based research in a broad overview of physical activity research. The literature cited throughout is current and authored by some of the field's leading experts.
Audience: It is intended for students at both undergraduate and graduate levels as well as allied health professionals. Exercise physiologists, personal trainers, exercise specialists, and physicians all may find this book useful because of their interaction with people seeking advice on physical activity recommendations to improve their health.
Features: The book covers the science behind physical activity as well as how the basic principles are being applied in today's research and real-world settings. It includes many helpful illustrations to augment key points as well as to highlight important findings from the literature. It does a great job of covering the topic of physical activity and disease prevention, which is currently a primary focus of research in this field.
Assessment: With the vast number of topics it covers as well as the examples of the practical application of the underlying principles it presents, this book is an excellent learning and teaching resource. A much needed update from the first edition, it is well supported with evidence-based research and authored by the field's leading experts in physical activity research. It provides a general understanding of the many health factors that are affected by physical activity without overwhelming readers with too much science. It is a great resource for any person engaged in recommending physical activity for health benefits.