The AHA and ACSM recommend that exercise facilities provide their adult members with a preparticipation HSQ that is consistent with the exercise programs they plan to pursue. Although an exercise facility may not have a legal responsibility to conduct a preparticipation HSQ, this screening is in the best interest of exercise participants.
Fitness professionals who work in health clubs and other fitness settings often encounter clients who have gone through a cardiac rehabilitation program. Thus, it is important to have an understanding and appreciation of what these clients have experienced during their recovery process.
Although each individual must assess which areas of her lifestyle contribute to excessive weight accumulation, common steps that benefit the majority of people who are attempting to lose weight include the following.
Once a training base has been established, the focus can shift to specific aspects of performance during each training session. A variety of aerobic training methods can be used to achieve performance goals, and each method is unique in how it adjusts training intensity and duration to achieve a particular outcome.
Fitness Professional’s Handbook, Seventh Edition With Web Resource,
provides current and future fitness professionals with the knowledge to
screen participants, conduct standardized fitness tests, evaluate the
major components of fitness, and prescribe appropriate exercise.
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Fitness Professional’s Handbook, Seventh Edition With Web Resource, provides current and future fitness professionals with the knowledge to screen participants, conduct standardized fitness tests, evaluate the major components of fitness, and prescribe appropriate exercise. The fully updated text uses the latest standards, guidelines, and research from authorities in the field to prepare readers for certification and arm them with the knowledge to work with a variety of clients and populations.
This full-color text incorporates information from the most up-to-date edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription and the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans exercise and physical activity recommendations for adults, older adults, children, and those with special needs. The text embraces the importance of communication between allied health and medical professionals with those in the fitness arena to provide readers with a foundation for prescribing exercise and delivering need- and goal-specific physical activity and fitness programs.
Every chapter has been updated, allowing readers to explore the newest theories and research findings and apply them to real-world situations. The following are among the most significant changes to the seventh edition:
An online video library containing 24 video clips help readers better apply key techniques covered in the book
A web resource containing biannual industry updates and references and fillable forms provides a useful tool for students to use beyond the classroom
A new chapter, “Training for Performance,” helps professionals expand their practice to work with recreational athletes who have performance-related goals
New information, including the consequences of exercise-induced muscle damage (rhabdomyolysis), devices used to track physical activity and estimate energy expenditure (e.g., accelerometers), relative flexibility and the role of lumbopelvic rhythm in back function, the importance of progression in an exercise prescription, and the professional standard of care associated with HIIT programs reflects recent topics of interest and research
Updated statistics on CVD and CHD from the American Heart Association, adult and childhood obesity, and the prevalence of COPD, asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema ensure accurate representation of data
Chapter quizzes have been added to an updated ancillary package that also includes an instructor guide, test package, presentation package, and image bank
Fitness Professional’s Handbook, Seventh Edition With Web Resource, contains a variety of learning tools to help students identify and retain key information. Objectives, key points, glossary terms, and chapter review questions guide students to important concepts, while research insight boxes and procedures for common fitness tests draw attention to commonly sought information. Case study questions and answers help readers apply the concepts to real-world scenarios. References are numbered and organized by chapter at the end of the book to provide direction for more in-depth research.
With a comprehensive and practical approach, this text enables readers to help individuals, communities, and groups gain the benefits of regular physical activity in a positive and safe environment. It provides background to the field, scientific fundamentals, and up-to-date recommendations to help readers better understand the role of physical activity in the quality of life and guidelines for screening, testing, supervising, and modifying activity for various populations.
Accessing the Web Resource
Part I. Physical Activity: Links to Health, Fitness, and Performance Chapter 1. Health, Fitness, and Performance Edward T. Howley Chapter 2. Health Risk Appraisal Michael Shipe
Part II. Scientific Foundations Chapter 3. Functional Anatomy and Biomechanics Clare E. Milner Chapter 4. Exercise Physiology Edward T. Howley Chapter 5. Nutrition Dixie L. Thompson Chapter 6. Measurements of Energy Cost in Physical Activity Edward T. Howley
Part III. Fitness Assessment Chapter 7. Assessment of Cardiorespiratory Fitness Edward T. Howley Chapter 8. Assessment of Body Composition Dixie L. Thompson Chapter 9. Assessment of Muscular Fitness Avery Faigenbaum Chapter 10. Assessment of Flexibility and Low-Back Function Laura Horvath Gagnon
Part IV. Exercise Prescription for Health, Fitness, and Performance Chapter 11. Exercise Prescription for Cardiorespiratory Fitness Edward T. Howley Chapter 12. Exercise Prescription for Weight Management Dixie L. Thompson Chapter 13. Exercise Prescription for Muscular Fitness Avery Faigenbaum Chapter 14. Exercise Prescription for Flexibility and Low-Back Function Laura Horvath Gagnon Chapter 15. Training for Performance Scott A. Conger
Part V. Special Populations Chapter 16. Exercise for Children and Youth Edward T. Howley Chapter 17. Exercise and Older Adults Edward T. Howley Chapter 18. Exercise and Women’s Health Dixie L. Thompson Chapter 19. Exercise and Heart Disease David R. Bassett, Jr. Chapter 20. Exercise and Obesity Dixie L. Thompson Chapter 21. Exercise and Diabetes Dixie L. Thompson Chapter 22. Exercise and Pulmonary Disease David R. Bassett, Jr.
Part VI. Comprehensive Exercise Program Considerations Chapter 23. Behavior Change Janet Buckworth Chapter 24. ECG and Exercise Performance David R. Bassett, Jr. Chapter 25. Injury Prevention and Treatment Jenny Moshak Chapter 26. Legal Considerations JoAnn M. Eickhoff-Shemek
Appendix A: Calculation of Oxygen Uptake and Carbon Dioxide Production Appendix B: Fitness Assessment
About the Editors
About the Contributors
A text for undergraduate and beginning graduate courses in fitness
testing, programming, and exercise prescription courses that assume a
general background in anatomy and physiology. Also a reference for
health and fitness professionals and those preparing for certification
with the American College of Sports Medicine or other organizations.
Edward T. Howley, PhD, FACSM, FNAK, earned his bachelor’s degree
from Manhattan College and his master’s and doctorate degrees from the
University of Wisconsin at Madison. He then completed a one-year
postdoctoral appointment at Penn State University and was hired in 1970
as a faculty member at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Howley
taught a variety of courses, including an undergraduate course in
fitness testing and prescription and undergraduate and graduate courses
in exercise physiology. He retired in 2007 and holds the rank of
In addition to the previous editions of this book, Dr. Howley has
authored three books, four book chapters, and more than 60 research
articles dealing with exercise physiology, fitness testing, and
prescription. He is a fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology and
served as chair of the Science Board of the President’s Council on
Physical Fitness and Sports in 2006-2007. In 2007-08 he served on the
Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee that evaluated the
science related to physical activity and health and generated a report
for use by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to write the
2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.
Most of Dr. Howley’s volunteer efforts have been with the American
College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). He was involved in the development of
certification programs and served as president in 2002-03. He served as
editor in chief of ACSM’s Health & Fitness Journal for
seven years and as chair of the program planning committee for the
annual ACSM Health and Fitness Summit meeting. In 2007, Howley was
recognized for his professional contributions with the ACSM Citation
Award. In his leisure time, he likes to golf, ride his bike, travel, and
play with his grandchildren.
Dixie L. Thompson, PhD, FACSM, FNAK, is vice provost and dean of
the graduate school at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville and is a
professor in the department of kinesiology, recreation, and sports
studies. She graduated from the 2008 class of the Higher Education
Resource Services (HERS) Bryn Mawr Summer Institute, held at Bryn Mawr
College. The Summer Institute is a professional development program
dedicated to the advancement of female leaders in administration of
higher education. She also participated in the 2009-2010 Academic
Leadership Development Program sponsored by the Southeastern Conference
Dr. Thompson focuses her research on the health benefits of exercise for
women and techniques used for body composition assessment. She is the
author of over 70 peer-reviewed publications and numerous articles for
fitness professionals and general audiences. She is a former associate
editor in chief for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal and
former editor in chief for ACSM's Fit Society Page Newsletter.
Dr. Thompson is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine
(ACSM) and a member of the ACSM Board of Trustees. She is a fellow of
the National Academy of Kinesiology. She is a past president of the
Southeast Chapter of ACSM and former chair of the Physical Fitness
Council for the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education,
Recreation and Dance.
Dr. Thompson received her BA in physical education and MA in exercise
physiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She
earned her PhD from the University of Virginia.
Supplementary Instructional Materials
All ancillary materials are free to course adopters and will be available online.
Instructor guide. Completely updated for this edition, the instructor guide includes a syllabus; course outlines that detail lecture topics and lab and classroom activities; initial and final practical exams, including checklists for easy grading; and a laboratory notebook that students can use to track their completion of 12 fitness assessment and programming activities.
Test package. Includes more than 650 questions, including true or false, multiple choice, and short answer and essay questions. The questions have been updated to reflect the new content added to the text.
Chapter quizzes. These new learning management system (LMS)-compatible, ready-made quizzes can be used to measure student learning of the most important concepts for each chapter. More than 350 unique multiple-choice, true or false, fill-in-the-blank, and short answer and essay questions are included.
Presentation package plus image bank. Contains more than 700 slides that present the textbook material in a lecture-friendly format, including art, photos, and tables pulled from the text. The image bank contains most of the art, tables, content photos, and reproducible forms from the text. Instructors may print the reproducible forms and use the art, tables, and photos to create class presentations.
The presentation package plus image bank is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4925- 2925-5
Web resource. Includes a library of online video clips. Twenty four video clips are included and correspond to key techniques covered in the book, particularly those which benefit from the presentation in video form. The web resource also includes fillable and printable versions of many of the forms found in the text, as well as bi-annual industry updates and references from the authors.
The web resource is also available for purchase separately • ISBN 978-1-4925-2927-9