Fitness Professional’s Handbook-7th Edition


Authors: Edward Howley, Dixie Thompson

Book with online resource 592 pages
ISBN-13: 9781492523376

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Fitness Professional’s Handbook, Seventh Edition With Web Resource, 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.

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This full-color text incorporates information from the most up-to-date 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:

  • An online video library containing 24 video clips help readers better apply key techniques covered in the book
  • A web resource containing biannual industry updates and references and fillable forms provides a useful tool for students to 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

Fitness Professional’s Handbook, Seventh Edition With Web Resource, contains a variety of learning tools to help students identify and retain key information. Objectives, key points, glossary terms, and chapter review questions guide students to important concepts, while research insight boxes and procedures for common fitness tests draw attention to commonly sought information. Case study questions and answers help readers apply the concepts to real-world scenarios. References are numbered and organized by chapter at the end of the book to provide direction for more in-depth research.

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.


Accessing the Web ResourcePart I. Physical Activity: Links to Health, Fitness, and Performance
Chapter 1. Health, Fitness, and Performance
Edward T. Howley
Chapter 2. Health Risk Appraisal
Michael ShipePart 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. HowleyPart 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 GagnonPart 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. CongerPart 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-ShemekAppendix A: Calculation of Oxygen Uptake and Carbon Dioxide Production
Appendix B: Fitness Assessment


Online Course Access Statement
All of our online courses have 6 month full 24/7 access to complete your online program. The experience is awesome, simple and very digestible for the novice fitness enthusiast.