Exercise Prescription - The Physiological Foundations

1st Edition

A Guide for Health, Sport and Exercise Professionals


Key Features

  • In depth investigation into the growing areas of exercise prescription in relation to commonly encountered medical conditions.
  • The book follows a consistent structure throughout, aiding the reader's comprehension and allowing ease of reference.
  • Contraindications are provided, as well as guidelines for effective physical activity prescriptions.
  • The author avoids giving specific prescriptions allowing the professional to judge from the evidence at hand what is best for each individual patient. Encourages real world application of ideas presented.
  • A detailed glossary defines and explains terminology vital and unique to this field of study.

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



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Churchill Livingstone
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About the author

Kate Woolf-May

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Sport Science, Tourism and Leisure, Canterbury Christ Church, University College, Canterbury, Kent , UK