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The Oxford Handbook of Exercise Physiology

Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise: June 2013 - Volume 45 - Issue 6 - p 1221
doi: 10.1249/MSS.0b013e3182932e36
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Authored by scientists from the fields of exercise physiology, exercise psychology, and the behavioral sciences, this book provides a broad understanding of the effect 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 well-being.


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 effect in the field of exercise psychology while sharing their own expertise.


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.


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.


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.

RATING: ★★★★★

Reviewed by:Erik VanIterson, MS, MBio (University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)

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