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The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology
     

The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Psychology

by Edmund O. Acevedo
 

Awareness of the importance of exercise and physical activity to optimal physical and mental health has never been greater. It is widely acknowledged that physical inactivity is a leading cause of death, yet statistics show less than 50% of Americans participate in regular physical activity. This information highlights the public health challenge of increasing

Overview

Awareness of the importance of exercise and physical activity to optimal physical and mental health has never been greater. It is widely acknowledged that physical inactivity is a leading cause of death, yet statistics show less than 50% of Americans participate in regular physical activity. This information highlights the public health challenge of increasing participation in physical activity to enhance physical health and to buoy the psychological benefits associated with physical activity.

The Oxford Handbook of Exercise and Psychology is an authoritative and comprehensive presentation of the breadth and depth of empirical contributions utilizing state-of-the-science theories and approaches in exercise psychology. Chapters are authored by leading investigators across the globe who have made significant scientific contributions addressing the behavioral aspects of physical activity. Sections of the book address the effects of physical activity on mental health; knowledge gathered utilizing psychobiological perspectives; behavioral factors that impact exercise motivation; scientific contributions addressing the physical activity benefits with special populations, including individuals with physical disabilities, older adults and cancer patients; and promising areas for additional investigation. Each chapter presents a summary of scientific advancements in the topic area as a foundation for future investigation.

Fueled by a broad range of disciplines and interdisciplinary approaches, the field of exercise psychology is growing, and this comprehensive handbook will be the perfect resource for students, researchers, and physicians interested in exercise motivation and the mental health benefits of physical activity.

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Reviewer: Erik H. Van Iterson, PhD, MS, MBio (Mayo Clinic)
Description: Authored by scientists from the fields of exercise physiology, exercise psychology, and the behavioral sciences, this book provides a broad understanding of the impact of physical activity on both the physiology of the body and on the mental state. Each chapter presents different investigated research questions that relate the importance of physical activity on a person's overall wellbeing.
Purpose: Each author's contribution to this book aims to provide scientifically based evidence that links physical activity and positive physiological benefits of the body and mind connection. The authors highlight the findings with the most impact in the field of exercise psychology while sharing their own expertise.
Audience: The book is written for readers interested in learning about many of the different facets that comprise the field of exercise psychology. College undergraduates, graduates, or educators in the field all may find this book useful to have in their home library. The authors are leaders in their respective fields.
Features: Each chapter begins with a brief abstract and introduction to the topic and proceeds to highlight the highest impact research findings of late. Numerous figures and tables appear throughout the book to emphasize key points and findings.
Assessment: This book is comprehensive in addressing the many areas of exercise psychology. However, each chapter is more of a synopsis of a particular field of study as opposed to an in-depth analysis. Because of this, it provides readers the opportunity to understand what they know and what they want to know moving forward. It is a great contribution to the field, with its current references and expert and authoritative contributing authors.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195394313
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
05/11/2012
Series:
Oxford Library of Psychology Series
Pages:
552
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Edmund O. Acevedo, Ph.D., is Professor and Chair, Department of Health and Human Performance, Virginia Commonwealth University.

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