Organization, flow, and structure are good and consistent. The objectives at the beginning of each chapter and the terms/chapter quiz at the end are beneficial.
The text is not culturally insensitive or offensive in any way. It is unbiased and inclusive of all races, ethnicities, and backgrounds.
This is a pretty comprehensive text for introductory fitness & wellness concepts. The only mechanism discussed is recruitment of more motor units, when there are at least a few different ways that nerves can generate more force.
Accuracy can be difficult at times to determine, as there are several claims being made that are not accompanied by in-text citation. There is also one chapter that does not list references, but rather notes (that I assume the author wrote) that indicated they needed to find references and update the format.
The content is highly relevant and seems up-to-date. One very minor suggestion would be to mention type IIb muscle fibers are often times referred to as type IIx. Students will see that a lot if they read the literature, so it would be helpful for them to have seen it in text beforehand.
Overall, basic terminology and concepts are explained very clearly for introductory learners. One suggestion for improvement would be to have more diagrams/pictures, specifically when discussing anatomy (e.g. anatomy of motor units).
I found no issues with consistency. The chapters are all laid out in a similar manner that makes it easy to locate the information quickly.
Very nicely organized. I appreciate that there are explicit objectives listed in the beginning of each chapter as well as a follow-up quiz at the end to summarize and test learning. The questions seem maybe a bit over simplistic, but still have merit.
The hyperlinks in this book are in dire need of an update. There were quite a few links that I tried to access that did not work or the content was no longer available.
Overall, this is a comprehensive and good quality textbook for basic level fitness and wellness curriculum to get a general overview of the concepts.
Fitness, wellness and disease is constantly evolving due to updates in technology and science. With that said, necessary updates can easily be added to this text, based on its topics and layout.
Information is presented logically
The text could provide more diagrams and tables but in general is a casual read for any student interested in fitness and wellness.
Due to the various sections of the text, it could be easily incorporated in a course with assignment of various topics and sections as additional reading or references.
The text is free of navigation problems except the absence of chapter numbers and the fact that some links don’t work. (see cardiovascular section)
Although not culturally insensitive, the text could include more information and examples associated with minorities and backgrounds from outside the US.
The only minor criticism is a lack of neurological content, specifically regarding muscle contractions that require larger force
This book covers areas of fitness, health, and wellness that is easy to understand. The content covered is perfect for students being introduced to the field. Perhaps serve as book for an ‘Introduction to Kinesiology’ course. Content on the. read more
This book covers areas of fitness, health, and wellness that is easy to understand. The content covered is perfect for students being introduced to the field. Perhaps serve as book for an ‘Introduction to Kinesiology’ course. Content on the Overload, FITT, and Progression principle is at the introductory level. The chapters go into a-lot of depth for newcomers. Chapter on cardio respiratory fitness has a-lot of information and no pictures; that chapter can be a bit heavy for students new to the field. Each chapter tries to incorporate different links for resources, perhaps something beneficial would be to include worksheets for students to get extra practice on a specific topic.