By William D. McArdle, Ph.D., Frank I. Katch, Ed.D., and Victor L. Katch, Ed.D., 853 pages, Forth edition, 1996.
853 pages (8 1/2 x 10), Illustrations, 1991 (Ready Now), ISBN: 0-8121-1351-9, L.C. No. 90-13355
The classic text students and educators have relied on through three editions returns in a fully rewritten, updated, and augmented fourth edition. Emphasizing nutrition and the use of energy systems during training, previous editions of this peerless text have met an entire generation's needs for excellent coverage of exercise physiology, uniting the topics of physical conditioning, sports nutrition, body composition, and weight control. The fourth edition is nothing less than a masterpiece, with exceptional full color illustrations, and new, improved art in every chapter. Concepts are illustrated in crisp, colorful charts and graphs.
In addition to a new chapter on clinical exercise physiology for cardiovascular and pulmonary rehabilitation, the fourth edition features fully updated references and &brkbar;Focus on Research&brkbar; sections introducing each chapter with synopses of actual published experiments and studies from respected scholars in the field, which demonstrate principles of the text in the context of real world clinical physiology, nutrition, and exercise science. Another exciting innovation is the accompanying Class Preparation Guide, created by the authors of the text, which challenges students and provides penetrating reinforcement of information in the text. A new appendix on the 1995 ACSM Position Stands is also included.
Emphasis is on exercise performance as determined by an individual's capacity to generate energy, resultant from nutrient consumption, physiologic and metabolic systems of energy delivery and utilization. The authors have incorporated the newest findings concerning the performance effects of specific feedings prior to, during, and in recovery from exercise. Each chapter has been expanded with up-to-date references and a comprehensive summary, as well as a selection of all new color figures. A chapter is dedicated to the timely topic of exercise and aging, including recent research relating regular physical activity to health and longevity. No other text provides the nutritive value of foods grouped into nine major categories, including fast food items. Three new appendices offer conversions to metric and SI units, a listing of standard references in the exercise sciences, and a step-by-step procedure for calculation of the new ponderal somatogram. Concurrently, the text highlights the newer emerging areas as they relate to the broad scope fo exercise physiology and sports medicine.
- On exercise performance and bioenergetics: expanded coverage of anaerobic power and capacity, aerobic fitness testing, and the effects of genetics, gender, and age on various aspects of physiologic function and exercise capacity.
- On performance and training: new sections on plyometrics and resistance training for children, and factors related to strength improvements with training in men and women.
- On nutrition: discussion of the effects of caffeine and bicarbonate drinks prior to exercise, the latest findings on steroid use amoung adolescent and adult males and females, and protein requirements.
- On applied physiology: new findings in bioelectrical impedance analysis and other less costly techniques, and body density assessment of body composition.
The result is a textbook with broad application, that moves methodically from fundamental principles to advanced application.