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Pediatric Exercise Science (PES) is devoted solely to issues concerning exercise in children. Its contents serve not only as a repository of knowledge in the field but also as a means of presenting challenging new ideas. It strives to promote physical activity, exercise, and fitness for physical and mental health in children; recognize limits and training methods for child athletes; and assess the role of exercise as a therapeutic intervention in children with chronic disease. As concern about the obesity epidemic increases, PES reflects the growing interest in the importance of exercise for children. In doing this, PES crosses disciplines and acts as a means of communicating information among various groups of interest in this field, including exercise physiologists, physicians, kinesiologists, public health specialists, and physical educators.
Many of the articles in Pediatric Exercise Science focus on the field of childhood exercise. Issues of PES have addressed the physiological effects of exercise on children, physical self-esteem of adolescents, genetics and pediatric exercise science, and physical fitness testing of young athletes, nonathletes, and children with chronic diseases. In the future, PES will continue to showcase research and articles that enrich the field, covering topics such as the differential response to various modes and intensities of exercise between children and adults and the importance of exercise and physical activity in children and adolescence from a health perspective.
PES is also published in a digital format, providing online subscribers with the same authoritative content of the print edition but with additional advantages, such as the ability to search entire issues in seconds and access to back issues. The content of the online version of PES is available weeks before the print version arrives by mail, and subscribers can receive each issue's table of contents by e-mail when a new issue is published. Articles and abstracts are also available in Spanish.
Bareket Falk, PhD, is a pediatric exercise physiologist in the department of kinesiology at Brock University. She received her PhD from McMaster University (1991) in Canada under the mentorship of Dr. Oded Bar-Or. She then worked as the head of the physiology unit and the acting director of the Research and Sports Medicine Center at the Wingate Institute in Israel. Her research has spanned various areas in pediatric exercise physiology, including thermoregulation, metabolism during and after exercise, and the effects of physical activity and training on growing bone and muscle function. She has also investigated the effects of exercise in children with clinical conditions such as cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, asthma, diabetes, and obesity. She has performed her research in clinical and research settings. She has taught numerous courses in pediatric exercise physiology and sports medicine at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has played an active role in the North American Society of Pediatric Exercise Medicine as well as in the European Group of Pediatric Work Physiology.