Exercise Physiology for Health Fitness and Performance

Exercise Physiology for Health Fitness and 9781451176117
Publication Date: Feb 13, 2013
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Edition: Fourth
ISBN/ISSN: 9781451176117
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Updated for its Fourth Edition with increased art and photos, this undergraduate exercise physiology textbook integrates basic exercise physiology with research studies to stimulate learning, allowing readers to apply principles in the widest variety of exercise and sport science careers. The book has comprehensive coverage, including integrated material on special populations, and a flexible organization of independent units, so instructors can teach according to their preferred approach.

Each unit is designed with a consistent and comprehensive sequence of presentation: basic anatomy and physiology, the measurement and meaning of variables important to understanding exercise physiology, exercise responses, training principles, and special applications, problems, and considerations.

Plowman & Smith provides a consistently organized, comprehensive approach to Exercise Physiology with excellent supporting ancillary materials.  Its ability to relate up to date research to key concepts and integrate special populations makes this book ideal for classroom use.


  • Consistent pedagogical approach to each chapter makes difficult concepts easy to follow.
  • Current and up-to-date content incorporates the very latest research.
  • Focus on Application boxes help students relate basic concepts to situations in the real world.
  • Focus on Research boxes expose students to new findings in the field.
  • Coverage of women, children, and the elderly and their response to exercise is integrated throughout the chapters to provide a link between theory and real-world application.
  • Exercise Icons and color coding within figures and figure legends represent specific exercise response patterns and allow for quick recognition of the condition presented.
  • Updated art program provides a more visually engaging experience for students.

About the Author(s)

  • Sharon A Plowman Ph.D
  • Department of Kinesiology and Physical EducationNorthern Illinois UniversityDeKalb, Illinois


  • Edition: Fourth
  • Product Format: Hardbound
  • ISBN: 9781451176117
  • Trim Size: 8.375 x 10.875
  • Pages: 744
  • Pub Date: Feb 13, 2013
  • Weight: 4.0

Table of contents


Chapter 1        The Warm-Up


Metabolic System Unit

Chapter 2        Energy Production

Chapter 3        Anaerobic Metabolism During Exercise

Chapter 4        Aerobic Metabolism during Exercise

Chapter 5        Metabolic Training Principles and Adaptations

Chapter 6        Nutrition for Fitness and Athletics

Chapter 7        Body Composition: Determination and Relationship to Health

Chapter 8        Body Composition and Weight Control


Cardiovascular System Unit

Chapter 9        Respiration

Chapter 10      Respiratory Exercise Response, Training Adaptations, and Special Considerations

Chapter 11      The Cardiovascular System

Chapter 12      Cardiovascular Responses to Exercise

Chapter 13      Cardiorespiratory Training Principles and Adaptations

Chapter 14      Thermoregulation

Chapter 15      Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors and Physical Activity


Neuromuscular–Skeletal System Unit

Chapter 16      Skeletal System

Chapter 17      Skeletal Muscle System

Chapter 18      Muscular Contraction and Movement

Chapter 19      Muscular Training Principles and Adaptations

Chapter 20      Neuromuscular Aspects of Movement


Neuroendocrine–Immune System Unit

Chapter 21      Neurohormonal Control of Exercise

Chapter 22      The Immune System, Exercise, Training, and Illness


Appendix A    Units of Measure, the Metric System, and Conversions between the English and Metric Systems of Measurement

Appendix B    Metabolic Calculations

Appendix C    Answers to Check Your Comprehension Boxes