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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Edward M. Heath, PhD (Utah State University College of Education & Human Services)
Description: This is the third edition of the standard for undergraduate exercise physiology textbooks. The authors have updated the information and references and added a number of new figures, but have kept the same format that has made previous editions so appealing to students. The second edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: This is a comprehensive book designed for a one-semester or year-long undergraduate exercise physiology course. The authors are careful not to overwhelm students with too much information and have designed the book to keep it interesting.
Audience: The book is predominantly targeted at undergraduate students in exercise science, but it could also be an excellent resource for those working in all aspects of the exercise and wellness field. The authors are unquestionably two of the most respected exercise physiologists and their collective contributions to the field are incalculable.
Features: All of the basic areas of exercise physiology are covered and the authors have done an exceptional job of making it an appealing text for students. The colorful figures and tables are excellent and the authors include interest boxes, key points, and FYI boxes. In addition, there is an overview and outline at the beginning of each chapter and key terms and study questions at the end of each chapter. The authors have done an exemplary job of backing up their material with appropriately referenced research information and have incorporated practical information.
Assessment: This is clearly textbook leader for undergraduate exercise physiology classes. The book has excellent ancillary materials and the authors have concentrated their efforts to make using the book in a class enjoyable for both professor and student. The authors have been leaders in the field of exercise physiology for years evidenced by the incredible number of times they cite their own work throughout the book.