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Chapter 1. Physical Activity, Health, and Chronic Disease
Physical Activity, Health, and Disease: An Overview
Cardiovascular Disease
Hypercholesterolemia and Dyslipidemia
Diabetes Mellitus
Obesity and Overweight
Metabolic Syndrome
Musculoskeletal Diseases and Disorders
Cognitive Performance
Exercise as Medicine
Review Questions

Chapter 2. Preliminary Health Screening and Risk Classification
Preliminary Health Evaluation
Testing Procedures for Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, and Electrocardiogram
Review Questions

Chapter 3. Principles of Assessment, Prescription, and Exercise Program Adherence
Physical Fitness Testing
Basic Principles for Exercise Program Design
Exercise Program Adherence
Using Technology to Promote and Monitor Physical Activity
Review Questions

Chapter 4. Assessing Cardiorespiratory Fitness
Definition of Terms
Graded Exercise Testing: Guidelines and Procedures
Maximal Exercise Test Protocols
Submaximal Exercise Test Protocols
Field Tests for Assessing Aerobic Fitness
Exercise Testing for Children and Older Adults
Review Questions

Chapter 5. Designing Cardiorespiratory Exercise Programs
The Exercise Prescription
Aerobic Training Methods and Modes
Personalized Exercise Programs
Review Questions

Chapter 6. Assessing Muscular Fitness
Definition of Terms
Static Strength and Muscular Endurance Assessment
Dynamic Strength and Muscle Endurance Assessment
Muscular Power Assessment
Additional Considerations for Muscular Fitness Testing
Muscular Fitness Testing of Older Adults
Muscular Fitness Testing of Children
Review Questions

Chapter 7. Designing Resistance Training Programs
Types of Resistance Training
Program Variables for Dynamic Resistance Training
Developing Resistance Training Programs
Alternative Resistance Training Strategies
Other Considerations
Muscular Soreness
Review Questions

Chapter 8. Assessing Body Composition
Classification and Uses of Body Composition Measures
Body Composition Models
Reference Methods for Assessing Body Composition
Field Methods for Assessing Body Composition
Review Questions

Chapter 9. Designing Weight Management and Body Composition Programs
Obesity, Overweight, and Underweight: Definitions and Trends
Obesity: Types and Causes
Weight Management Principles and Practices
Designing Weight Management Programs: Preliminary Steps
Designing Weight Loss Programs
Designing Weight Gain Programs
Designing Programs to Improve Body Composition
Review Questions

Chapter 10. Assessing Flexibility
Basics of Flexibility
Assessment of Flexibility
Flexibility Testing of Older Adults
Review Questions

Chapter 11. Designing Programs for Flexibility and Low Back Care
Training Principles
Stretching Techniques and Methods
Designing Flexibility Programs: Exercise Prescription
Stretching for Injury Prevention and Muscle Performance
Designing Low Back Care Exercise Programs
Review Questions

Chapter 12. Assessing Balance and Designing Balance Programs
Definitions and Nature of Balance
Factors Affecting Balance and Risk of Falling
Assessment of Balance
Designing Balance Training Programs
Review Questions

Appendix A. Health and Fitness Appraisal
A.1 Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone (Par-Q+)
A.2 Electronic Physical Activity Readiness Medical Examination (ePARmed-X+)
A.3 Medical History Questionnaire
A.4 Risk Factors, Signs, and Symptoms of Disease
A.5 Lifestyle Evaluation
A.6 Fantastic Lifestyle Checklist
A.7 Informed Consent
A.8 Websites for Selected Professional Organizations and Institutes

Appendix B. Cardiorespiratory Assessments
B.1 Summary of Graded Exercise Test and Cardiorespiratory Field Test Protocols
B.2 OMNI Rating of Perceived Exertion Scales
B.3 Rockport Fitness Charts
B.4 Analysis of Sample Case Study in Chapter 5

Appendix C. Muscular Fitness Exercises and Norms
C.1 Standardized Testing Protocols for Digital Handheld Dynamometry
C.2 1-RM Squat and Bench Press Norms for Adults
C.3 Isometric Exercises
C.4 Dynamic Resistance Training Exercises

Appendix D. Body Composition Assessments
D.1 Prediction Equations for Residual Volume
D.2 Standardized Sites for Skinfold Measurements
D.3 Skinfold Sites for Jackson’s Generalized Skinfold Equations
D.4 Standardized Sites for Circumference Measurements
D.5 Standardized Sites for Bony Breadth Measurements
D.6 Ashwell Body Shape Chart

Appendix E. Energy Intake and Expenditure
E.1 Food Record and RDA Profile
E.2 Physical Activity Log
E.3 Gross Energy Expenditure for Select Exercises, Sports, Recreational Activities, and Activities of Daily Living

Appendix F. Flexibility and Low Back Care Exercises
F.1 Selected Flexibility Exercises
F.2 Safe Exercises and Exercises to Use With Caution
F.3 Exercises for Low Back Care

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