This innovative text incorporates two new integrative approaches to exercise physiology. The first integrative approach unifies basic scientific facts with applied concepts in a manner that facilitates student learning and instructor presentation. Each of the three major units (the cardiovascular-respiratory system, the metabolic system, and the neuromuscular-skeletal system) follows a consistent sequence of presentation, namely: basic anatomy and physiology (including neurohormonal regulation), the measurement and meaning of exercise physiology variables, exercise responses, training principles and adaptations, and special applications, problems, or considerations.
The second integrative approach brings together the available information relevant to all age groups and both sexes throughout the text. All of the populations encountered by professionals in the workplace (children, adolescents, young to middle aged adults and the elderly) are considered within each chapter. Coverage of special topics such as strength training for children, post-menopausal osteoporosis, eating disorders in adolescents and young adults, and immunology and overtraining in elite athletes highlights specific age and sex concerns. In addition, all charts and graphs are color-coded to represent the representative population.
Active learning is emphasized throughout the text. Students are occasionally asked to interpret circumstances or deduce answers as they read. Equations and examples are presented for the students to work. Boxes are included which present questions of understanding with answers provides at the end of each chapter. Finally, each chapter ends with essay type review questions with answers provided in the instructor's resource manual.
- Basic scientific content and applied concepts are integrated within each unit with an emphasis on the relevant fitness, health, and performance issues.
- Each unit is intended to be independent of the others to provide maximum flexibility for each instructor in determining course sequence. Each unit is color coded.
- Integrated coverage of all of the populations (children, adolescents, young to middle aged adults, and the elderly) that future professionals will deal with is included, and color-coded in graphs and charts
- Responses to five categories of exercise, based on duration, intensity, and type of muscle contraction are consistently described and color coded in every unit.
- The training principles for each major system are specifically described to provide students with practical knowledge so they can apply each principle scientifically. Training adaptation discussions parallel the exercise response presentations.
- Graphs are consistently color coded according to the major emphasis: age, sex, or training status.
- Active learning tasks, including interpretations, problems, and questions of understanding, are emphasized throughout each chapter.
Table of Contents
UNIT 1. THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM.
UNIT 2. METABOLIC SYSTEM.
UNIT 3. NEUROMUSCULAR-SKELETAL SYSTEM.
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