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About the Book

The fourth edition of this book is designed to introduce students to the many areas of study and possible professions in the field of exercise science, whether in an academic setting, at a fitness or sport venue, or in an organization such as the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Readers who plan to pursue careers in fields such as exercise physiology, athletic training, nutrition, strength and conditioning, or exercise/sport psychology will find coverage of the major areas of study in exercise science. The book includes contributions from several generations of exercise scientists, with each chapter written by an expert in a particular field. The book as a whole offers an excellent balance of theory, research, and application.

Features of the Book

  • The book has been updated throughout, to keep readers current on new research in the field and to reflect changing career possibilities.
  • Chapters describing the areas of study in exercise science provide information on the history, educational preparation, technology and tools, certifications, professional associations, important publications, employment opportunities, and future directions for the field.
  • Pedagogical tools—including study questions, suggested readings, learning activities, relevant websites, and references—enhance and reinforce learning.
  • Increased number of graphic elements help to enhance understanding.
  • A Glossary compiles the key terms discussed throughout the book.
  • A companion website with practice labs for each chapter, key term reviews, and study questions will help students cement their learning.

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About the Editors

Terry J. Housh, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences, Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory, and Co-director of the Center for Youth Fitness and Sports Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). He has co-authored more than 170 peer-reviewed research articles and five college textbooks, and he has given more than 200 presentations at annual meetings of professional organizations including The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA). He was the 1998 recipient of The Outstanding Sport Scientist Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Dona J. Housh, Ph.D., FACSM, is a professor in The Oral Biology Department, College of Dentistry, at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, where she teaches Human Physiology to first year dental students as well as post-doctoral graduate students in various dental specialties. Housh’s research interests include muscle function, neuromuscular fatigue, and the hypertrophic responses to resistance training. She has authored numerous peer-reviewed articles in prestigious scholarly journals and has presented research findings at annual meetings of The American College of Sports Medicine and The National Strength and Conditioning Association.

Glen O. Johnson (along with Dr. William G. Thorland) began the Ph.D. program in Exercise Physiology at UNL in the late 1970s. Today, Dr. Johnson is a professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences at UNL and continues to advise Exercise Physiology doctoral students.