Over the past several years, curricula in exercise science programs have been moving toward a more applied direction, integrating science with practice. Much of this movement has been triggered by growth in the job market in the fitness industry and students’ desire to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to compete for those jobs. Current textbooks and training materials tend toward a theoretical and scientific approach, often leaving students confused about the relevancy of this education to their future careers. Therefore, the burden has fallen on educators to connect knowledge with application.
The partnership of F.A. Davis with the American Council on Exercise (ACE) has provided the opportunity to create a textbook package that is application based and geared toward today’s students and future exercise science professionals. This text marries a robust group of features with technologically driven ancillaries to provide students and educators with a complete teaching and learning package endorsed by one of the most credible organizations in the health and fitness industry.
Founded in 1985, ACE is a nonprofit organization that is committed to America’s health and well-being. Over the past 30 years, ACE has become an established resource for both fitness professionals and consumers, providing comprehensive, unbiased, scientific research impacting the fitness industry and proving to be a trusted authority on fitness.
Today, ACE educates, certifies, and represents more than 55,000 fitness professionals, health coaches, and other allied health professionals. ACE advocates for a new intersection of fitness and health care, bringing the highly qualified professionals that ACE represents into the healthcare continuum so they can contribute to the national solution to physical inactivity and obesity. ACE is the largest certifier in its space; all four of its primary certification programs are accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the gold standard in the U.S. for assessing professional competence. ACE also plays an important public-service role, conducting research and making available science-based information and resources on safe and effective physical activity and sustainable behavior change.
ACE’s leadership on this endeavor has resulted in a relevant, timely, and comprehensive primary course textbook on exercise physiology. This text meets the needs of exercise science students who take an exercise physiology course as part of their coursework toward a degree in exercise science, athletic training, coaching, exercise physiology, fitness, health and human performance, physical education, nutrition, physical therapy, or sports medicine. It will also benefit individuals who already are members of the fitness industry, including personal trainers, medical or clinical exercise specialists, group fitness instructors, and health coaches, who are preparing for examinations or simply strengthening their knowledge base.
As an edited text, Exercise Physiology utilizes experts from diverse areas within the field to author chapters on their specialty topics. Combined with a rigorous review and development process, the text has benefited from the guidance and expertise of many of the brightest and most active minds in the field.