Updated according to the 1995 ACSM objectives for Health/Fitness Instructor and Exercise Leader certification, this edition provides information on the fundamentals of fitness, exercise physiology and biomechanics, as well as guidelines for developing safe fitness programmes. This edition also features: additional chapters on metabolic costs of physical activity; a heavier focus on fitness prescription; weight management and exercise prescription for special populations; in text reviews linked to learning objectives; and case studies for each chapter. This text has been used in ACSM Health Fitness Instructor workshops since 1986.
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About the Author
Edward T. Howley is a professor of exercise science at the University of Tennessee, where he frequently has been honored for his excellence in teaching. He received the university’s College of Education John Tunstall Outstanding Professor Award in 1995 and 1987, the University of Tennessee Alumni Association Outstanding Teacher Award in 1987, and the George F. Brady Teaching Award in 1979 and 1986.
Howley holds a PhD in physical education from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and certification as a Program Director from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). In addition, he has been active in the ACSM as a Fellow, as President of their Southeast Chapter, as a chair of their certification committee, as a faculty member in their Health/Fitness certification workshops, and as a member of the ACSM Preventive and Rehabilitative Committee that developed the college’s various certification programs.
B. Don Franks received his PhD in exercise science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) in 1967, while working under fitness pioneer T.K. Cureton, Jr. He served on the UIUC faculty until 1970 and later taught at Temple University in Philadelphia and at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He was Senior Program Advisor for the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports in 1995. Currently he is a professor in and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at Louisiana State University.
Franks is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (AAKPE), and the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). He is also a former president of AAKPE and the Research Consortium of AAHPERD, where he advocated a "health-related" approach to physical fitness and helped to develop the first Health-Related Physical Fitness Test. Franks has received many honors, including the AAHPERD Physical Fitness Council Honor Award and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports’ Distinguished Service Award.
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