Physical activity and its relationship to health is one of the great issues of our age. The causes of, and solutions to, physical inactivity are complex and multi-dimensional, and therefore the subject needs to be studied and understood from a variety of perspectives. This is the first textbook to provide a truly multi-disciplinary introduction to physical activity studies.
Offering a complete foundation to the subject, it covers the basics of every core discipline from biochemistry, public health and biomechanics to physiology, sport psychology and sociology. It introduces a full range of topics across the physical activity curriculum, including behaviour change, motor skill development, nutrition, exercise prescription, public health policy, and physical education, providing a well-balanced and international perspective on each important issue. There is also a strong emphasis throughout the book on the practical, applied dimensions of physical activity, including innovative approaches to promotion and intervention tailored to every age range and environment.
Physical Activity: A Multi-disciplinary Introduction is an indispensable companion to any course or degree programme with an emphasis on physical activity and health. A variety of exclusive eResources to aid teaching and learning are also available via the Routledge website.
Part I: Foundations in physical activity
1. Physical activity: a multi-disciplinary introduction
[Nick Draper and Gareth Stratton]
2. Foundations in the science of physical activity
[Helen Marshall and Louise Sheppard]
3. Historical aspects of physical activity
4. Physical inactivity and ill health
[Duck-Chul Lee and Laura Ellingson]
5. Physical activity and health
[Ian Lahart, George Metsios and Chris Kite]
6. Measuring physical activity behaviours and outcomes in children and adults
[Stuart J. Fairclough, Robert J. Noonan and Whitney B. Curry]
7. Physical activity prescription
[Michael J. Hamlin]
Part II: Sport science disciplines and physical activity
8. Growth and development and physical activity
[Lynne Boddy and Gareth Stratton]
9. Motor skill development and physical activity
10. Exercise physiology and physical activity
[Michael J. Duncan]
11. Paediatric physical activity and aerobic fitness
12. Nutrition and physical activity
[Daniel Bailey, Julia Zakrzewski-Fruer and Faye Powell]
13. Biochemistry and physical activity
[Angus Lindsay and Chris Chamberlain]
14. Psychology and physical activity
[Brad H. Miles]
15. Neurophysiology and physical activity
[Michael Grey, Simon Franklin and Nick Kitchen]
16. Biomechanics and physical activity
[Neil D. Reeves and Steven J. Brown]
17. Sociology and physical activity
Part III Applied physical activity
18. Physical activity in natural environments
[Carly Wood, Miles Richardson and Jo Barton]
19. Urban physical activity
[Brad Harasymchuk and Chris North]
20. School Gym and physical activity
[Dylan Blain and Mark Bellamy]
21. Physical activity promotion strategies
[Clover Maitland and Michael Rosenberg]
22. School physical education and physical activity
[Gareth Stratton and Nick Draper]
23. Physical activity and older adults
[Gladys Onambele-Pearson, Declan Ryan, David Tomlinson and Jorgen Wullems]
24. Public health policy and physical activity
[Justin Varney, Michael Brannan and Kevin Fenton]
25. Improving policy to promote physical activity: getting to grips with health inequalities
26. International perspectives on physical activity
Notes on contributors
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