Exercise Prescription - The Physiological Foundations

A Guide for Health, Sport and Exercise Professionals


  • Kate Woolf-May, PhD, Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure, Canterbury Christ Church, University College, Canterbury, Kent , UK

Using research-based evidence, this text provides current rationale for the types, intensity, and duration of physical activity that may be prescribed to populations with commonly occurring chronic ailments. The relationship between the etiology of these conditions and the physiological effects of physical exercise for these groups of patients is explained. This text is ideal for students on courses encompassing health-related exercise and exercise prescription such as sports science, physical therapy and occupational therapy, as well as exercise professionals who may deal with rehabilitation of special populations. The book is also an ideal reference for fitness instructors, sports trainers, and medical professionals.
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Health related exercise and exercise prescription courses.
This book is not only aimed at students of health related physical activity / exercise but also at other exercise professionals who may deal with clients / patients from special populations, such as, exercise practitioners and those working with cardiac and diabetic patients.
The main market groups are:
Sports science students (undergraduate and masters)
Students on courses covering health related exercise eg physiotherapy, occupational therapy,

At professonal level it is for all of the above as well as for use as a reference source for fitness instructors, exercise professionals, sports trainers, and general practitioners.


Book information

  • Published: September 2006
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-10017-8

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: physical activity, fitness and health

2. Individuals with existing heart and vascular disease

3. Blood lipids and hyperlipidaemia

4. Diabetes and insulin resistance/insensitivity

5. Blood pressure and hypertension

6. Overweight and obese adults

7. Coagulation, fibrinolysis and risk of thrombosis

8. Adults with asthma

9. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

10. Adults with arthritis

11. Adults with osteoporosis

12. Adults with and survivors of cancer

13. The older adult

14. Therapeutic medications: influences with regard to physical activity and exercise

Appendix A. Screening and assessment for prescription of physical activity and exercise

Appendix B. Physical activity and exercise: intensity, endurance and progression

Glossary of terms