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Fitness Professional's Handbook 7th Edition With HKPropel Access

Fitness Professional's Handbook 7th Edition With HKPropel Access

$138.95 CAD


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    Fitness Professional’s Handbook, Seventh Edition With HKPropel Access, 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 10th 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:

    • Related online content delivered via HKPropel that includes an online video library containing 24 video clips to help readers better apply key techniques covered in the book, as well as fillable forms that students can 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

    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.

    Note: A code for accessing HKPropel is included with all new print books.


    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.

    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

    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 professor emeritus.

    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 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 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 eaarned her PhD from the University of Virginia.

    All ancillaries are free to adopting instructors through HKPropel.

    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 files may be downloaded for integration with a learning management system or printed as paper-based tests. Instructors may also create their own customized quizzes or tests from the test bank questions to assign to students directly through HKPropel. Multiple-choice and true-false questions are automatically graded, and student scores can be reviewed by instructors in the platform.

    Chapter quizzes. Contains ready-made quizzes (9-10 questions each) to assess student comprehension of the most important concepts in each chapter. Each quiz may be downloaded or assigned to students directly through HKPropel. The chapter assessments are automatically graded and student scores can be reviewed by instructors in the platform.

    Presentation package. Contains more than 700 slides that present the textbook material in a lecture-friendly format, including art, photos, and tables pulled from the text.

    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 customized class presentations.

    Instructors also receive access to all student materials in HKPropel. For Fitness Professional’s Handbook, Seventh Edition, this includes a library of 24 online video clips corresponding to key techniques covered in the book. It also includes fillable and printable versions of many of the forms found in the text.