Kinesiology for Dummies

Author(s): Steve Glass


Move at your own pace with this kinesiology course guide A required course for majors pursuing sports medicine, exercise science, nursing, or sports therapy degrees, kinesiology is central to a variety of fields. Kinesiology For Dummies tracks an introductory course in the science and imparts the basics of human body movement. With this resource, you will learn how physical activity can alleviate chronic illnesses and disabilities, what factors contribute to musculoskeletal injury, and how to reverse those influences. Complete with a 16-page color insert of medical instructions, this book covers the basics of exercise physiology, exercise and health psychology, introductory biomechanics, motor control, history and philosophy of sport and exercise, and mind-body connections. Written by experts in exercise science Addresses a timely subject as exercise science careers and majors are increasingly popular Runs parallel to a kinesiology course with accessible, concise language Interested learners, kinesiology students, and health or sports therapy professionals will benefit from this refresher course in the basics.


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Dr. Steve Glass is a Professor in the Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Brian Hatzel is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in Movement Science at Grand Valley State University. Dr. Rick Albrecht is a Professor and Sports Leadership Coordinator in the Department of Movement Science at Grand Valley State University.

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Kinesiology 5 Chapter 1: Introducing Kinesiology: The Science of Movement 7 Chapter 2: The History and Philosophy of Sport and Exercise 17 Part II: Exercise Physiology 39 Chapter 3: The Brains behind the Brawn: Motor Control 41 Chapter 4: Keeping the Big Wheel Turning: Exercise Metabolism 57 Chapter 5: The Body's Engine: The Cardiovascular System 83 Chapter 6: Earthlings and the Earth: Adapting to Your Environment 111 Part III: Basic Biomechanics: Why You Move the Way You Do 127 Chapter 7: The Nuts and Bolts of Movement 129 Chapter 8: Bone Composition and Function 155 Chapter 9: These Joints Are A-jumping! 175 Chapter 10: Let's Move, Baby! The Muscles 203 Chapter 11: Motion Analysis: Seeing How You Move 235 Part IV: Mind-Body Connections 257 Chapter 12: Staying Connected: The Bio-Psycho-Social Model 259 Chapter 13: Sticking with It: Motivation and Adherence 275 Chapter 14: Looking Good, Feeling Good: Exercise, Mood, and Mind 291 Chapter 15: Too Much of a Good Thing 313 Part V: The Part of Tens 335 Chapter 16: Ten Foundations of Fitness 337 Chapter 17: Ten Facts about Obesity and Physical Inactivity 343 Chapter 18: Ten Careers for Kinesiologists 349 Index 353

General Fields

  • : 9781118549230
  • : John Wiley & Sons Canada, Limited
  • : John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • : March 2014
  • : 250mm X 150mm X 15mm
  • : United States
  • : March 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Steve Glass
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 612.04
  • : 384
  • : colour illustrations