Fitness Professional’s Handbook, Sixth Edition, will help
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the guidelines for screening, testing, supervising, and modifying
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A text for upper-level undergraduate and beginning graduate students in
fitness testing and exercise prescription courses as well as those
studying exercise physiology and biomechanics; also a reference for
health and fitness professionals and those preparing for certification,
including the ACSM certified health specialist designation.
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 61 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 a professor and head of
the department of kinesiology, recreation, and sport studies at the
University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is also the director of the
Center for Physical Activity and Health at the university. 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 Academic Consortium.
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 60 peer-reviewed publications and articles for fitness
professionals and general audiences. She is a former associate editor in
chief for ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal and is currently
the 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 fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology. She is
active in professional societies and is a past president of the
Southeast Chapter of ACSM. She is also a 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.