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American College of Sports Medicine Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription.

American College of Sports Medicine Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription

The editor's purpose in developing this text is to provide a reference manual for candidates who will be tested in American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certification programs. This manual is designed to accompany the third edition of Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, which contains the behavioral objectives for the examination of ACSM certification candidates in exercise testing and prescription programs. The Resource Manual provides information on a variety of topics, including applied anatomy, exercise physiology, pathophysiology, general aspects of health assessment, specific exercise testing protocols, exercise prescription, safety and emergency procedures related to exercise testing and exercise programming, human development, behavioral responses to exercise and health programming, and administrative concerns related to implementing exercise testing and prescription programs.

The editors and chapter authors attempt to meet the needs of a diverse group of certification candidates, from the exercise test technologist to the exercise program director. They succeed. Content within each chapter is communicated at varying levels of depth, but always in a clear and understandable fashion. The frequent use of tables and figures adds considerably to clarity of meaning throughout the text. The editors indicate in the preface the logical manner in which planning for this text was approached. Behavioral objectives from the Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription were reviewed and organized by content, and then book chapters were outlined and distributed to contributing authors with associated objectives. The excellent organization of this text is very helpful to certification candidates in identifying book chapters which relate to specific behavioral objectives in the Guidelines text. An improvement of future editions of the Guidelines text would be the inclusion of specific page references for identifying content in the Resource Manual for each behavioral objective.

ACSM certification candidates in exercise testing and/or prescription programs are the intended audience for this text and the companion text, Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. The Resource Manual provides content, references, and suggested reading in a single source, replacing the numerous study packets and workshop manuals previously used by certification candidates preparing for ACSM examinations. Other health care professionals in rehabilitation disciplines may find this text extremely useful as a preliminary reference for selected topics, or as a text clarifying general features of the exercise testing and prescription process. The text will provide rehabilitation professionals with valuable information regarding the physical and psychological demands of patients involved in exercise testing and exercise programs.

Michael T. Gross, PT, Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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Author:Gross, Michael T.
Publication:The Journal of Rehabilitation
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Oct 1, 1989
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