ACSM's Introduction to Exercise Science

ACSM's Introduction to Exercise Science

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ACSM's Introduction to Exercise Science

This introductory text offers undergraduates an essential foundation in exercise science, an umbrella term used to describe physical activity, exercise, sport, and athletic performance. The book covers this dynamic and growing field and its disciplines, which include clinical exercise physiology, athletic training, sports medicine, sports nutrition, biomechanics, and sport psychology. You'll learn about body systems, basic nutrition, biomechanics, and sport psychology. You'll learn about body systems, basic nutrition, exercise behavior, different types of training, disease conditions, and advanced technology.

Valuable Features Enhance Your Learning -

Highlight Boxes draw your attention to important terms and their definitions.

Interviews with leading exercise science professionals cover the essential ingredients for a successful career.

Critical Thinking Questions throughout the chapters facilitate discussion and application of key concepts.

Chapters dedicated to professional issues point you to the many career paths available and include expert forecasts of where the filed of exercise science is heading.

The American College of Sports Medicine, founded in 1954, is a professional membership society with more than 20,000 national, regional, and international members in more than 70 countries dedicated to improving health through science, education, and medicine. ACSM members work in a wide range of medical specialties, allied health professions, and scientific disciplines. Members are committed to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries and the advancement of exercise science. For more information, visit

Bonus Online Resources!

This text's companion website located on the Point offers additional resources for students, including a fully searchable version on the text and a glossary of terms. For instructors, the website features PowerPoint lecture outlines, an image bank, and a test generator.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780781778114
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Preface iv

Acknowledgments vi

Reviewers vii

Chapter 1 Introduction to Exercise Science 1

What is Exercise Science? 6

Historic Development of Exercise Science 9

Exercise Science and the American College of Sports Medicine 15

Academic Preparation in Exercise Science 19

Research in Exercise Science 26

Chapter 2 Exercise Science: a Systems Approach 37

Nervous System 38

Muscular System 42

Skeletal System 46

Cardiovascular System 49

Pulmonary System 52

Urinary System 54

Digestive System 57

Endocrine System 61

Immune System 65

Energy Systems 68

Chapter 3 Exercise Physiology 76

Historic Development of Exercise Physiology 78

The Basis of Study in Exercise Physiology 81

Areas of Study in Exercise Physiology 84

Other Areas of Study 106

Chapter 4 Clinical Exercise Physiology 113

History of Clinical Exercise Physiology 114

Duties and Responsibilities 117

Specific Disease Conditions 130

Chapter 5 Athletic Training and Sports Medicine 148

Historic Development of Athletic Training and Sports Medicine 151

Primary Responsibility Areas of Athletic Training Professionals 156

Sports Medicine 167

Current Issues in Athletic Training and Sports Medicine 172

Chapter 6 Exercise and Sport Nutrition 182

History of Nutrition 185

Basic Nutrients 191

Measuring Nutritional Intake 196

Nutrition for Health 199

Nutrition for Sport and Athletic Performance 203

Chapter 7 Exercise and Sport Psychology 218

History of Exercise and Sports Psychology 221

Study of the Mind and Body 225

Exercise and Mental Health 236

Exercise Behavior 240

Chapter 8 Motor Behavior 250

Brief History of Motor Behavior 252

Motor Development 257

Motor Learning 262

Motor Control 272

Areas of Motor Behavior Application 277

Chapter 9 Clinical and Sport Biomechanics 286

History of Biomechanics 288

Study of Biomechanics 291

Basic Concepts Related to Kinetics 298

Areas of Study in Biomechanics 302

Advanced Biomechanical Concepts 309

Chapter 10 Equipment and Assessment in Exercise Science 317

Pretesting Guidelines and Procedures 318

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Function Assessment 321

Musculoskeletal Function Assessment 330

Energy Balance Assessment 336

Measuring Body Composition 340

Blood Collection and Analysis 344

Rehabilitation Assessment and Equipment 347

Motor Performance 349

Behavioral and Psychological Assessments 353

Chapter 11 Careers and Professional Issues in Exercise Science 357

Certification, Licensure, and Registration 359

Career Employment and Professional Opportunities 363

Professional Organizations in Exercise Science 373

Professional Organizations Related to Exercise Science 380

US Government Agencies with an Interest in Exercise Science 381

Additional Organizations and Agencies in Exercise Science 387

Chapter 12 Exercise Science in the Twenty-First Century 390

Exercise Science and Health 391

Epidemiology and Health Promotion 392

Using Past Information to Improve Future Health 399

What will the Future Bring? 400

Exercise Science and Sport and Athletic Competition 404

What will the Future Bring? 405

Index 413

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