Science for Exercise and Sport

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This handbook is written for undergraduate sport studies and sport and exercise students. It introduces students to the basic scientific principles that will underpin their learning and is aimed primarily at those who have little or no background in science.

Craig Williams and David James apply key scientific concepts to real situations to better understand the principles at work. Clearly divided into three sections, the text covers:

* the three physical states of gas, liquid and solid
* explanations of forces, energy and electricity - including pressure, torque and joint velocity
* data analysis, ICT and report writing - important areas for the scientist.

Science for Exercise and Sport provides the student with all the basic scientific background information they need and demonstrates how the theory can be used to map and monitor the human body in the sport and exercise discipline.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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A handbook for undergraduate sport studies and sport and exercise students, introducing students with limited knowledge in science to basic scientific principles applied to the field of exercise and sport. Early chapters cover the three physical states of matter, and later chapters explain forces, energy, and electricity, with discussion of pressure, torque, and power. A final section focuses on data analysis, ICT, and report writing. Includes key points and problems. Williams teaches exercise and sport sciences at the University of Exeter. James teaches exercise physiology at the Cheltenham and Glouchester College of Higher Education. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Reviewer: G. Monique Butcher, PhD, ATC/L(Barry University)
Description: As a kinesiology and biomechanics instructor, I appreciate that the authors have created such a work. It contains a comprehensive compilation of the elements of physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science that are necessary for understanding human performance. This is not to say that this text should serve as a substitute for taking courses in those areas. Much of the appeal of this work lies in its brevity. Students are more apt to pick it up and use it time and time again because it is not a large book with overwhelming graphs, figures, charts, and tables.
Purpose: The authors have met the objective of providing students with a source of base scientific knowledge while making it palatable.
Audience: The authors intend first year students to use this text. I would advise majors in exercise and sport science to use it as a reference manual to be used throughout their academic careers. It has direct relevance to those in physical education and coaching, kinesiology, athletic training, and exercise physiology. The information contained relates to many courses in the field rather than just one.
Features: The book is divided into three sections: physical states; force, pressure, energy and electricity; and scientific transferable skills. Action Points that prompt readers to assess what they have just read follow each chapter. The chapters on how to analyze, report, and present data are unique additions. Students have an immediate guide on how to make sense of what they have gathered in their data collection.
Assessment: Students need questions answered when professors are not around, and this book is an excellent resource for fostering independent learning of the core concepts necessary for a higher understanding of human performance.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780419251606
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Table of Contents

PART 1: Physical States - Gas, Liquids, Solids PART 2: Force, Pressure, Energy, Electricity. PART 3: Scientific Transferable Skills; Data Analysis, Information and Communication Technology, Report Writing. Glossary, Appendices
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