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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: none none(Rex Healthcare)
Description: This monograph, part of a series of six volumes that are intended to address issues relevant to athletes and coaches, is focused on older athletes.
Purpose: The authors intend for this volume to be a useful reference for older adults who exercise or who desire to begin a regular physical activity program. They achieve their goal in this relatively easy-to-read text, but their coverage lacks sufficient depth.
Audience: This text is targeted toward older adults with little formal training in exercise. Inexperienced athletes can gain valuable information about several aspects of exercise physiology and principles. The authors are experienced sports medicine professionals with backgrounds in orthopedic surgery, biochemistry, and exercise physiology.
Features: General concepts and theories of exercise for older adults are covered in the text. Some discussion of fluids, nutrition, and temperature regulation during exercise is included. A glossary of terms is helpful, but few figures or tables highlight key portions of the text. A limited index makes locating specific topics difficult.
Assessment: An important area of sports medicine in today's aging society is covered in this monograph. The text is concise and easy to understand, but there is little in-depth content. More experienced athletes or coaches will need additional material to understand more completely the unique aspects of older adults' athletics. Those seeking a brief overview of exercise for older athletes will find this volume helpful.