Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance 10th Edition

Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance 10th Edition PDF

Author: Scott K Powers and Edward T Howley

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education


Publish Date: March 8, 2017

ISBN-10: 1259870456

Pages: 656

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

As with all previous editions, the tenth edition of Exercise Physiology: Theory and Application to Fitness and Performance is intended for students interested in exercise physiology, clinical exercise physiology, human performance, kinesiology/exercise
science, physical therapy, and physical education. The overall objective of this text is to provide the student with an up-to-date understanding of the physiology of exercise. Moreover, the book contains numerous clinical applications including exercise tests to evaluate cardiorespiratory fitness and information on exercise training for improvements in health-related physical fitness and sports performance.

This book is intended for a one-semester, upperlevel undergraduate or beginning graduate exercise physiology course. Clearly, the text contains more material than can be covered in a single 15-week semester. This is by design. The book was written to be comprehensive and afford instructors the freedom to select the material that they consider to be the most important for the composition of their class. Furthermore, if desired, the book could be used in a two-semester sequence of exercise physiology courses (e.g., Exercise Physiology I and II) to cover the entire 25 chapters contained in the text.


The tenth edition of our book has undergone major revisions and highlights the latest research in exercise physiology. Indeed, every chapter contains new and expanded discussions, new text boxes, new figures, updated references, and contemporary suggested readings.

New Topics and Updated Content

The content of this new edition has been markedly updated. Specifically, each chapter has been revised and updated to include new and amended box features, new illustrations, new research findings, and the inclusion of up-to-date references and suggested
readings. The following list describes some of the significant changes that have made the tenth edition more complete and up-to-date:
■■ Chapter 0: Two new “A Look Back” features were added to highlight the careers of Elsworth Buskirk and Frances Hellebrandt.
■■ Chapter 1: New suggested readings and updated references were added.
■■ Chapter 2: Updated discussion on the role that heat shock proteins play in the cellular adaptation to stress.
■■ Chapter 3: New illustration and box feature added to highlight the structure and function of the two subpopulations of mitochondria found in skeletal muscle.
■■ Chapter 4: Several figures were upgraded along with the addition of a new section on measurement of V˙ O2 max.
■■ Chapter 5: Numerous new and improved figures were added along with a new table highlighting hormonal changes during exercise. New information added on the impact of both growth hormone and anabolic steroids on skeletal muscle size and function.
■■ Chapter 6: Update on the latest research findings on the impact of exercise on the immune system added.
■■ Chapter 7: Expanded discussion on muscle sense organs (i.e., Golgi tendon organ and
muscle spindles). New information added about the exceptions to the size principle. Further, a new section was added discussing how central pattern generators control movement during exercise. Additionally, Clinical Applications 7.2 was expanded to discuss the risk of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in contact sports.
■■ Chapter 8: Updated information on the role that satellite cells play in exercise-induced skeletal muscle hypertrophy was added. Further, new information on how exercise training alters the structure and function of the neuromuscular junction was included in this chapter. Lastly, new research on the cause of exercise-related skeletal muscle cramps was added along with a new box feature discussing new pharmacological approaches to prevent muscle cramps.
■■ Chapter 9: Updated information on the prediction of maximal heart rates in older individuals. Expanded discussion highlighting new research on the regulation of muscle blood flow during exercise. Added a new A Closer Look 9.3 to discuss the impact of body
position on stroke volume during exercise.
■■ Chapter 10: Updated with the newest research findings on control of breathing during exercise. Also, new research on sex differences in breathing during exercise was also added.
■■ Chapter 11: Several new and improved illustrations were added along with an expanded discussion on intracellular acid-base buffer systems. New section added about how buffering capacity differs between muscle fiber types and how exercise training impacts muscle buffer systems. Further, the chapter was improved by the addition of the latest information on nutritional supplements used to improve acid-base balance during exercise.

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