Performing in Extreme Environments Paperback – 1 Oct 1999
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""""Dr. Armstrong's book contains invaluable knowledge for the outdoor enthusiast or athlete who will be training, competing, or participating in strenuous activities under extreme conditions.""" Alberto SalazarFormer Marathon World Record HolderAmerican record holder: 5,000 and 10,000 meters """This very reasonably priced book by Dr. Larry Armstrong presents an updated and authoritative review of human exercise performance at the environmental extremes of heat, cold, high altitude, and hyperbaria (diving). In addition, this 300-page book provides useful information on the influence of air pollution, biological rhythms, time zone changes, and sleep loss on exercise performance. It is easy to read and a must purchase for undergraduate and graduate students in environmental physiology, interested athletes, and scientists concerned with these topics.""" Dr. Kent B. PandolfSenior Research ScientistU.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine "
About the Author
" Lawrence E. Armstrong, PhD, Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Human Performance Laboratory, at the University of Connecticut. He received the Provost's Award for Academic and Research Excellence (1994), the Aerospace Medical Society's Environmental Science Award (1986), and the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Presidential Award for contributions to the NSCA Journal in Environmental Physiology (1989 and 1994). Since 1982, he has written more than 60 research articles for scientific journals and nearly 50 articles for educational and consumer publications. He also has contributed chapters to numerous books and has coauthored numerous articles for government technical reports.Armstrong likewise has ""hands-on"" experience relative to extreme environments. In addition to completing 14 marathons and climbing Mt. Washington three times, he has collected research data in the medical tent for the Boston Marathon and contributed to ACSM position stands on fluid replacement during exercise as well as on heat and cold illnesses contracted during distance running. He graduated cum laude as a scholar-athlete from University of Toledo in 1971 with a BEd in Biology and Comprehensive Science, earned a MEd from Toledo in 1976, and a PhD from Ball State University in 1983 as a student of David L. Costill. He is a past president with the New England Chapter of the ACSM and conducted numerous research studies as a physiologist at the Research Institute of Environmental Medicine in Natick, MA, from 1983 to 1990. Armstrong lives in Mansfield Center, Connecticut. "
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The area of human performance and the effect the environment has on it is not always easy to understand. I think that Armstrong has done a great job in relaying pertinent information, especially on cold and altitude, in an easily understandable fashion. You don't have to be a physiologist yourself to learn from this book.
For anyone interested in human performance, from beginners to experts, this is a text you would want to have on your shelf.
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