Exercise Physiology: For Health and Sports Performance : 9780273778721

Exercise Physiology: For Health and Sports Performance

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Pearson United Kingdom
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Exercise Physiology for Health and Sports Performance brings together all the essential human anatomy and applied physiology that students of exercise science, physical education and sports coaching need to know.

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Written in a friendly, accessible style and containing a wide range of features to help develop understanding, this book provides a complete one-stop-shop for exercise physiology.

Unlike other texts, this book is split into two key parts: the first introduces the fundamental principles of nutrition, biochemistry, cell biology, and the control, movement and transport energy systems; the second builds on this foundation by applying the theory to exercise and sports performance in practice. With this innovative approach, the text enables students to become confident in their understanding of energy generation and training principles for all sports of varying intensities and durations.

Also covers exercise in extreme environments and the applications of physical activities for health. This is the only exercise physiology textbook students will need!

This package contains: 

  • Draper & Marshall, Exercise Physiology Access Card (2013)
  • Draper & Marshall, Exercise Physiology Royalty Record (2014)
  • Draper & Marshall, Exercise Physiology: for Health and Sports Performance (2013)


Table of contents

Author Acknowledgements




Chapter 1: Exercise physiology, sport and pedagogy: An historical perspective

Chapter 2: Nutrition for health and sports performance

Chapter 3: From cells to systems

Chapter 4: The control systems: nervous and endocrine

Chapter 5: The movement systems: skeletal and muscular

Chapter 6: The transport and exchange systems: respiratory and cardiovascular

Chapter 7: Physical and functional growth and development


Chapter 8: General concepts for applied exercise physiology

Chapter 9: Power and power endurance: The explosive sports

Chapter 10: Anaerobic endurance: The speed endurance sports

Chapter 11: High intensity aerobic endurance sports

Chapter 12: Lower intensity aerobic endurance sports

Chapter 13: Intermittent sports

Chapter 14: Applied exercise physiology and health

Chapter 15: Applied exercise physiology and the environment

Appendix A: Movement terms

Appendix B: Gas conversion correction table

List of Abbreviations




Features & benefits

  • Comes with an annotatable eText, so students can learn on the go

  • Comes with online access to narrated tutorials, detailed animations, quizzes and interactive activities that provide extra support to help students grasp the trickiest concepts in human physiology, plus additional exercise worksheets and strength training programmes to download and customise. Log on at www.pearsoned.co.uk/draper

  • Vibrant ‘Sport in Action’ articles written by World Class elite athletes and coaches provide first-hand insight into the physiological and psychological demands of a variety of sports.

  • ‘Research Summary’ boxes present key research papers relating to the topics, and highlight the importance of research within the field of exercise physiology.

  • ‘Knowledge Integration Questions’ and ‘Key Points’ appear frequently throughout the text to develop and consolidate learning.

  • Review questions, recall quizzes and ‘Teach it’ sections are provided for each chapter to help revision and test knowledge.

  • A comprehensive glossary and list of common abbreviations are supplied to explain new terminology.

  • Numerous full colour photos and diagrams illustrate the text and enhance the learning experience.

  • A wide range of relevant sporting examples from all over the world give the text a global perspective.

Author biography

Dr Nick Draper is Head of the School of Sciences and Physical Education at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Dr Helen Marshall is a Lecturer and Researcher at the School of Sciences and Physical Education at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.