Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence Explained


This timely and detailed textbook deals exclusively with the benefits of physical activity in the prevention and treatment of various health conditions which are of growing concern worldwide. In each chapter the authors describe the cause of the conditions and then discuss the role of physical activity in its prevention or improvement, drawing on research literature to help students evaluate the quality and extent of this. Hazards and benefits of exercise are discussed with critical appraisal of current recommendations for physical activity. The emphasis throughout is on topics relating to major health issues in western societies - cardiovascular disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, the insulin resistance syndrome, osteoporosis - also including new and developing research areas. Designed to be user-friendly, this book includes: * chapter overviews and summaries plus information boxes * study activities and tasks for self evaluation * suggested further reading including landmark papers * glossary of key terms, bibliography and extensive index * over one hundred supporting tables, figures, examples and plates. Physical Activity and Health will appeal to degree-level students of sport and exercise science as well as to students in related areas such as medicine, public health, physiotherapy, nursing and nutrition, worldwide.

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