Preparing for the ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor Certification Examination

Preparing for the ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor Certification Examination

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Preparing for the ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor Certification Examination by Larry Isaacs, Roberta Pohlman

Preparing for the ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor Certification Examination, Second Edition, is the only comprehensive text written specifically for those preparing for the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health/Fitness Instructor Certification Exam. It is now updated with the latest exam requirements and full of valuable review tips, practice opportunities, and test-taking strategies.

The book makes the most of your study time by providing important background information on the ACSM certification process. With nearly 600 practice questions and a full practice exam, this book is a practical study guide for those aspiring to obtain ACSM certification.

The guide will help you

-develop confidence in using test-taking strategies to obtain ACSM certification,

-learn your strengths and weaknesses before you take the exam, and

-know what to expect and avoid surprises on exam day.Preparing for the ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor Certification Examination, Second Edition, is divided into two parts and a series of appendixes. Part I contains valuable information about test certification, applying and preparing for the exam, test administration, and the test format. The book presents the 10 content areas of the written test and the approximate number of questions in each area, along with specific tasks you can expect to perform during the practical test. You'll also find test-taking suggestions and special precautions that will help you avoid mistakes and increase your chance of passing the exam.

Part II presents nearly 600 study questions. One chapter is devoted to questions from each of the exam's 10 content areas to help you pinpoint your areas of strength and weakness. Each study question is designed to assess your knowledge, skills, and abilities as measured against ACSM's standards for certification. At the end of each study question chapter, you'll find a detailed answer sheet with the answers to the questions and a list of references, complete with page numbers telling you where to go for more information. Two special chapters also prepare you to solve metabolic equations and answer questions when exam information is presented as a case study.

In the appendixes, you'll find a complete 115-question practice exam that tests your readiness for the actual exam. It simulates the exam in terms of length, time limit, and content.

With Preparing for the ACSM Health/Fitness Instructor Certification Examination, Second Edition, you have everything you need to prepare for, practice, and succeed at obtaining ACSM certification.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736042406
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Edition description: Second Edition
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Larry Isaacs, PhD, is a professor and directs the activities of the exercise biology program at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. He has worked at the university since 1979, teaching both undergraduate and graduate students in courses covering clinical exercise physiology, exercise prescription, motor development, motor learning, and research methods. He is responsible for developing the school's exercise biology, pre-physical therapy, and pre-medical program within the department of biological sciences.

Isaacs received his PhD from the University of Maryland in 1979. His areas of concentration included clinical exercise physiology, motor development, physiological growth and development, research and statistics, and administration. A prolific writer, Isaacs is the author or coauthor of 15 other books and numerous scholarly articles. He is a research fellow of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; he is also a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, with whom he is certified as a Health/Fitness Instructor.

Roberta L. Pohlman, PhD, is an associate professor of exercise biology at Wright State University. She's been at the university since 1984 and has done research and taught classes in all areas of exercise science. Dr. Pohlman is an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified Exercise Test Technologist.

After receiving her PhD in exercise physiology from Ohio State University in 1982, Dr. Pohlman went on to complete a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in research at St. Louis University Medical School. She is a reviewer for Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries and also has served on the editorial advisory committee for Future Focus (a journal of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation) and on the editorial review boards for Strategies and JOHPERD, which are both journals of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD).

Table of Contents

Part 1: About the Examination
Chapter 1. Understanding and Preparing for ACSM Certification
ACSM Certification
Test Structure and Administration
Preparing for Certification
Suggestions for Using This Preparatory Text

Chapter 2. The Written Examination
Examination Format and Number of Questions
Test-Taking Suggestions

Chapter 3. The Practical Examination
Examination Format
Special Arrangements for Individuals With Disabilities
Preparation Strategies

Part 2: Examination Study Questions
Chapter 4. Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics
Practice Questions

Chapter 5. Exercise Physiology
Practice Questions

Chapter 6. Human Development and Aging
Practice Questions

Chapter 7. Pathophysiology and Risk Factors
Practice Questions

Chapter 8. Human Behavior and Psychology
Practice Questions

Chapter 9. Health Appraisal and Fitness Testing
Practice Questions

Chapter 10. Safety, Injury Prevention, and Emergency Care
Practice Questions

Chapter 11. Exercise Programming
Practice Questions

Chapter 12. Nutrition and Weight Management
Practice Questions
Suggested Readings

Chapter 13. Program Administration and Management
Practice Questions

Chapter 14. Solving Metabolic Equations
A Systematic Approach for Solving Metabolic Equations
Solving Metabolic Equations
Practicing Metabolic Calculations

Chapter 15. Analyzing Case Studies
Case Study 1
Case Study 2
Case Study 3
Case Study 4

Appendix A. The Practice Examination
Appendix B. Practice Examination Blank Score Sheet
Appendix C. Answers to the Practice Examination
Appendix D. Practice Exam Profile Sheet

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