This proven text provides just enough background for practicing and future personal trainers, exercise physiologists, and other health and fitness professionals to develop and implement effective exercise programs for special populations. For each condition, the book provides a general description, anatomy and physiology variances, precautions, recommendations for exercise testing and prescription, instructions and images for various exercises, and nutritional considerations. Reflecting today’s best practices, the book aligns with the latest exercise testing and prescription standards in ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, Tenth Edition.
NEW CHAPTERS! Due to recent research that indicates exercise can be an effective way to control pain and symptoms and slow disease progression, chapters on Fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s Disease have been added.
NEW! Lifestyle Tips offer suggestions on simple lifestyle or behavior changes designed to improve quality of life.
Sample Exercise sections provide exercises suitable for a given population, along with step-by-step instructions on how to perform the exercises and illustrations of starting and ending positions.
Case Studies—short real-world scenarios—are followed by questions that provide an opportunity to draft appropriate exercise prescriptions.
Quick References provide exercise tips and actions to avoid when exercising, specific to each special population.
Online Exercise Handouts illustrate the correct way to perform a wide range of exercises.