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Chapter 1


clinical rehabilitation
personal training
Basic Standards for the Professional Preparation in Exercise Science
corporate or agency fitness
exercise science
allied health
higher education
private consulting

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Study Questions

  1. Define exercise science.
  2. Name and describe the two primary areas of inquiry for exercise scientists.
  3. Discuss the career opportunities available to an exercise scientist.
  4. Discuss the skills that an entry-level exercise scientist should possess in order to prescribe exercise programs for normal and special populations.
  5. Exercise science degrees are often used as a foundation for what future paths?
  6. What are some health-related aspects of physical activity?
  7. In order to promote a healthy lifestyle, exercise scientists must be knowledgeable about what factors?

Learning Activities

  1. Visit the ACSM website (www.acsm.org).
    • List five knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) for the ACSM Certified Health Fitness Specialist (CHFS).
    • Which ACSM membership should you apply for? What are the benefits of membership? How much does it cost?
  2. Visit the NSCA website (www.nsca-lift.org). Select “Why Join?” Choose three of the reasons for joining and explain how they fit your situation.
  3. Search online for any exercise science topic of your choice. Find two sites that you find interesting—one informative, one practical. Provide the site URL and a brief description, and explain why you like these particular sites.
  4. Research exercise science curricula via the Internet. (Hint: Using Google, type “exercise science curriculum site:.edu”—using “site:.edu” limits the search to educational institutions.) Choose two other universities or colleges to compare their curricula to your university’s curriculum.

Suggested Readings

American College of Sports Medicine. (2010). ACSM’s guidelines for exercise testing and prescription (8th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Chandler, T. J., & Brown, L. E. (2008). Conditioning for strength and human performance. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
Howley, E. T., & Franks, B. D. (2007). Fitness professional’s handbook (5th ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.