If you are studying exercise and sports science, or a related course, then this book will be an indispensable companion throughout your entire degree programme. This 'one-stop' text will guide you through the wide range of practical, analytical and data handling skills that you will need during your undergraduate and/or postgraduate studies. It will also give you a solid grounding in the wider transferable skills such as teamwork, using information technology, communicating information and study skills.
Practical Skills in Exercise and Sports Science provides an easy-to-read guide to help you develop the skills you need to succeed. It explains the essential elements of practical techniques and procedures in a step-by-step manner to help you understand their application in the context of exercise and sports science.
This text's unique and comprehensive coverage includes: general advice on practical work; measuring techniques; field tests; statistical techniques; analysis and presentation of data; and study skills.
Contents List of boxes Preface Acknowledgements 1. The importance of transferrable skills 2. Managing your time 3. Working with others 4. Taking notes from lectures and text 5. Learning and revising 6. Curriculum options, assessment and exams 7. Preparing your curriculum vitae 8. Finding and citing published information 9. Evaluating information 10. Using online resources 11. Using spreadsheets 12. Word processors, databases and other packages 13. Reporting and interpreting test results 14. General aspects of scientific writing 15. Writing essays and literature reviews 16. Organising a poster display 17. Giving a spoken presentation 18. The principles of measurement 19. Making valid and reliable measurements 20. SI units and their use 21. Scientific method and design of experiments 22. Conducting and writing up project work 23. Your approach to practical work 24. Health and safety 25. Working with body fluids 26. Preparing for fitness tests 27. Pre-exercise health screening procedures 28. Blood and urine collection and analysis 29. Measuring cardiac function 30. Testing pulmonary function 31. Measuring endurance exercise intensity 32. Measuring hydration status and body temperature 33. Measuring flexibility 34. Kinanthropometry 35. Measuring body composition 36. Measuring maximal aerobic capacity 37. Indirect measures of aerobic capacity 38. Measuring energy expenditure and physical activity 39. Measuring anaerobic power and capacity 40. Measuring muscle strength and endurance 41. Common field tests 42. Specific field tests 43. Measuring endurance training thresholds 44. Measuring economy of exercise 45. Monitoring training load 46. Manipulating and transforming raw data 47. Graphs 48. Presenting data in tables 49. Descriptive statistics 50. Choosing and using statistical tests Index