Aimed at students of exercise physiology, as well as health professionals working in clinical exercise physiology and physiotherapy. Covers assessment methods for aerobic and anaerobic power, heart rate variability, pulmonary gas exchange, mechanical power and strength, muscio structure and function, body composition, anthropometry, joint range of motion and field testing of athletes. Provides a rationale for methods of assessment, examining the limitations of certain methods and providing details of alternative techniques. Considers the use of near-infrared spectroscopy, a new non-invasive technique believed to hold great potential for the evaluation of response to exercise training programmes.
Peter Maud is head of physical education, recreation and dance at New Mexico State University. His major area of academic expertise is in physiology of exercise and assessment of human performance. Carl Foster is director of cardiac rehabilitation and exercise testing at the Milwaukee Heart Institute and associate professor of medicine at the University of Wisconsin. He has written extensively on laboratory methods in exercise physiology and on the prediction of exercise capacity in clinical populations.
Chapter 1. Defining Fitness Assessment; Chapter 2. Determining Aerobic Power Directly; Chapter 3. Determining Aerobic Power Indirectly; Chapter 4. Heart Rate Variability; Chapter 5. Determining Capacity for Sustained Exercise Using Blood Lactate, Respiratory, and Heart Rate Markers; Chapter 6. Testing for Anaerobic Ability; Chapter 7. High-Speed Measurement of Human Power Output; Chapter 8. Strength Testing; Chapter 9. Analyzing Skelotal Muscle; Chapter 10. Using Near-Infrared Spectroscopy in Assessment; Chapter 11. Anthropometry and Body Composition Measurement; Chapter 12. Evaluating Flexibility Using Static Techniques; Chapter 13. Field Testing of Athletes.