Exercise Physiology: Exercise, Performance, and Clinical Applications
Robert A. Robergs and Scott O. Roberts
The target audience of this text is advanced undergraduate and graduate students who have completed preliminary courses such as anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. The authors reach their stated goals of elevating the academic level of writing and content compared with other texts as well as emphasizing the relationship of basic physiology to current topics in exercise physiology.
The introductory chapter covers the history and status of exercise physiology and is not only informative and interesting but valuable and distinctive. In subsequent chapters, prerequisite information is summarized effectively before content is covered in greater depth and current topics are investigated. Systemic response to exercise and special topics sections include traditional chapters plus entire chapters devoted to bone, the immune system, and fatigue. Information on aging and pediatric exercise science is also noteworthy. When examining the relationship between exercise and health, the authors consider not only cardiovascular disease and diabetes but also asthma, cancer, osteoporosis, low-back pain, and arthritis. Basic responsibilities of the ACSM exercise test technologist are reviewed in the chapter devoted to exercise testing.
Pedagogic tools include chapter objectives and summaries, review and application questions, references, recommended readings, and a glossary. Available for adopters of the text (complimentary to faculty with book orders of ten or more; included with each student's text for an additional $7) is CD-ROM software (Windows or Macintosh platforms) including cross-referenced photographs and illustrations from the text. The images can be printed as transparency acetates, imported into word processing programs, and arranged for presentations using overhead, video, and computer technologies.
The reviewer recommends the book for use with its intended audience as well as for use as supplementary information for those teaching exercise physiology to less advanced students.