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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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. "