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Physiology of Sport and Exercise-4th Edition w/Web Study Guide Hardcover – Nov 9 2007

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 4 edition (Nov. 9 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736055835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736055833
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22.1 x 2.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 Kg
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“...This textbook will continue to be a helpful resource for undergraduates, and instructors will welcome appearance of the new edition.”

Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism

"This is a good tool for new students in exercise physiology. While not the definitive book, it is good for undergraduates because of its ease of use and the inclusion of a study guide. Because of the enhanced sections on thermoregulation and aging, as well as disease and exercise, this new edition is justified."

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About the Author

Jack H. Wilmore, PhD, is the Margie Gurley Seay Centennial professor emeritus of the department of kinesiology and health education at the University of Texas at Austin. He retired in 2003 from Texas A&M University as a distinguished professor in the department of health and kinesiology. From 1985 to 1997, Wilmore was the chair of the department of kinesiology and health education at the University of Texas at Austin. During that time he was also a Margie Gurley Seay Endowed Centennial professor. Prior to that, he served on the faculties at the University of Arizona, the University of California, and Ithaca College. Wilmore earned his PhD in physical education from the University of Oregon in 1966.

Wilmore has published 53 chapters, more than 320 peer-reviewed research papers, and 15 books on exercise physiology. He is one of five principal investigators for the HERITAGE Family Study, a large multicenter clinical trial investigating the possible genetic basis for the variability in the responses of physiological measures and risk factors for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes to endurance exercise training. Wilmore's research interests include determining the role of exercise in the prevention and control of both obesity and coronary heart disease. He is also interested in determining the mechanisms accounting for alterations in physiological function with training and detraining and factors limiting the performance of elite athletes.

A former president of the American College of Sports Medicine, Wilmore was the recipient of the American College of Sports Medicine's Honor Award in 2006. In addition to serving as chair for many ACSM organizational committees, Wilmore served on the United States Olympic Committee's Sports Medicine Council and chaired their Research Committee. He is currently a member of the American Physiological Society and a fellow and former president of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.

Wilmore has served as a consultant for several professional sports teams, the California Highway Patrol, the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sport, NASA, and the U.S. Air Force. He has served on editorial boards for journals such as Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, International Journal of Obesity, Sports Medicine, Journal of Pediatric Exercise Science, Journal of Sports Nutrition, Physician and Sportsmedicine, and Clinical Exercise Physiology.

In his free time Wilmore enjoys Bible study, running, walking, and playing with his grandchildren. He and his wife, Dottie, have three daughters (Wendy, Kristi, and Melissa) and six grandchildren.

David L. Costill, PhD, is the emeritus John and Janice Fisher chair in exercise science at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He established the Ball State University Human Performance Laboratory in 1966 and served as its director for over 32 years.

Costill has written and coauthored more than 400 publications over the course of his career, including books, peer-reviewed articles, and lay publications. He served as the editor in chief of the International Journal of Sports Medicine for 12 years. Between 1971 and 1998, he averaged 25 U.S. and international lecture trips each year. He was president of the ACSM from 1976 to 1977, a member of its board of trustees for 12 years, and a recipient of ACSM Citation and Honor Awards. Many of his former students are now leaders in the field of exercise physiology.

Costill received his PhD in physical education and physiology from Ohio State University in 1965. He and his wife, Judy, have two daughters, Jill and Holly. In his leisure time, Costill is a private pilot, experimental airplane builder, competitive masters swimmer, and runner.

W. Larry Kenney, PhD, is a professor of physiology and kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. Working at Penn State's Noll Laboratory, Kenney is currently researching the effects of aging and elevated cholesterol on the control of blood flow in human skin. He is also studying the effects of heat and dehydration on the skill performance of athletes and the effects of heat and cold on health and well-being as well as exercise and sport performance.

Kenney served as president of the American College of Sports Medicine from 2003 to 2004 and is currently the chair of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute in Barrington, Illinois. He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and a fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. As a member of the American Physiological Society, Kenney received the organization's Citation for Distinguished Service in 2005.

For his service to the university and his field, Kenney has been awarded Penn State University's Faculty Scholar Medal, the Evan G. and Helen G. Pattishall Distinguished Research Career Award, and the Pauline Schmitt Russell Distinguished Research Career Award.

Kenney is a member of the editorial and advisory boards for several journals, including Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Current Sports Medicine Reports (inaugural board member), and Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews. He has also served on the editorial and advisory boards of the Journal of Applied Physiology, Human Performance, Fitness Management, and ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal (inaugural board member).

Kenney received his PhD in physiology from Penn State University in 1983. He and his wife, Patti, have three children: Matt, Alex, and Lauren. In his free time he enjoys golfing, running, and coaching youth baseball.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding introduction to the science of exercise May 23 2008
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After a lifetime of interest in learning about exercise, I finally got this: the proper textbook on the subject. Recommend this book for everyone interested in learning what science has found about exercise.

This book is the opposite of all those endless magazine and internet exercise tips. The authors have themselves tested and compiled the best experimentally tested findings on the causes and mechanics of exercise and the human body. Why does muscle get stronger? Can you get faster? How? Why?

Book is long and can be a bit technical. It is a textbook on exercise. It is not the end of the topic. But if you want to look at and learn about sports from the perspective of tested results, written by maybe the best teachers and minds in the field: get this book. Maximum recommend.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine college textbook Sept. 6 2009
By Robert M. Rohland - Published on
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I had a good time reading this very fine textbook on exercise physiology from cover to cover. It was at the level of detail and academic rigor that I was seeking. I understand that this is an introductory text used at the Kinesiology Department of the University of Minnesota. I am not an athlete, but rather an ordinary layperson just wanting to exercise to get fit. While the research cited in the text focuses more on athletes, there was plenty of information for non-athletes.
The book presents a great deal of technical information, but it uses a lot of modern visual techniques to help that information go down easy. The book is full of charts, graphs, diagrams, and pictures which are great help to a visually oriented person such as myself. I found other visual elements very attractive, such as layout, text boxes ("in focus" and "in review" summaries), appropriate typefaces, and so forth.
The authors go to some effort to make the material interesting and manage to convey their excitement about their topics to the reader. I highly recommend this book, whether you are a student or an educated layperson wanting to become even more educated on the most important subject of exercise physiology.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very nice book! June 22 2010
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I bought this for a class I am taking, but as I started reading it I quickly found it so interesting and well done that I would not stop.
Ended up reading the whole book over a couple of days. It has a lot of excellent info and great illustrations.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars execellent Jan. 14 2009
By John L. Truitt - Published on
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Great leevel of detail. I was looking for a book that provied detail explanations on how things work and the reasons and proofs for recommendations, a lacking quality in many related books. Having an understanding of how and why givesme the freedom to tailor my programs with much more accuracy.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book! April 19 2010
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has everything u need to know about exercise physiology and has summaries within the chapter to help refresh you as you read along.