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Physical Activity and Health: The Evidence Explained
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2010
This book contains a great deal of information and is laid out in a way that it can be clearly understood, easily navigated and has a suitable balance of text and figures. It will be very useful for those completing modules in exercise and health at university but will also be an interesting read out of the academic setting. I would highly recommend this book for both students looking to further their knowledge in the area of health and exercise but also those who are not at university.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2010
As an undergraduate studying Sports Science this textbook was invaluable in helping explain and summarise the literature covering physical activity and disease. This book succeeds where many textbooks fail. It is clear, logically set out, and successfully links studies together. The book is understandable even for those with little knowledge in the area.

I would thoroughly recommend this book for others studying any sport/exercise/health related courses or modules.
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on 8 May 2010
Having read the 1st edition of this book as an undergraduate sports science student and now having read this revised 2nd edition as a post-graduate exercise physiology PhD student, I'm not quite sure what the previous reviewer (Mr Moffatt) is talking about - or even if it is this book that he has actually read. I urge potential readers to take greater heed of the complementary comments of Professors Steven Blair and I-Min Lee who each comment very positively on this text.
As the title says - `the evidence explained' - this book provides a comprehensive overview of the most recent literature regarding the effects of physical activity on numerous health outcomes -including cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes mellitus, obesity, skeletal health and the metabolic syndrome. What sets this book apart from others in the area is the critical slant inherent within the text. The chapters provide a critical analysis of the evidence, asking what the evidence really tells us, rather than simply describing the research literature. The ability to critically analyse the evidence is an important component of good essay writing therefore I would sincerely recommend this text for any undergraduate or masters student studying in the area of physical activity and health.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2010
This book helped me in a number of my Sport and Exercise Science modules during my final year. It's content is well presented with figures that enhance understanding of the information presented. The key points at the end of the chapter are very useful, especially as a revision tool in order to test your knowledge. The book is very well written and easy to follow. I would recommend this to all undergraduates of Sport Science and Health related degrees.
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on 26 August 2013
I did a sports science degree for my undergraduate at Loughborough university and needed this book to complete my course- very interesting!
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on 1 September 2014
Useful adjunct to current articles in press.
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good, has been useful
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2010
Whilst this book has some useful messages to offer, they are spread out thin, with copious amounts of secondary infirmation such as experimental techniques. I personally found it tortuous to read, and learnt very little they I did not know already about the impact of exercise on health. My feeling is that as a text book, it had to trick so many political correctness boxes that it became almost unreadable.
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