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Introduction to Kinesiology 4th Edition With Web Study Guide-Loose-Leaf Edition

Introduction to Kinesiology 4th Edition With Web Study Guide-Loose-Leaf Edition


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    This is the loose-leaf version of Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity, Fourth Edition With Web Study Guide, which offers students an affordable, printed version of the text. See the “Related Products” sidebar to the right for other binding options.

    Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity, Fourth Edition With Web Resource, is the most cohesive introduction to the field of kinesiology available, demonstrating how its many disciplines integrate into a unified body of knowledge. This all-inclusive approach gives students a solid background in the field and prepares them for further study and course work. This engaging and jargon-free text also introduces students to job prospects and areas of study and professional practice in kinesiology.

    Introduction to Kinesiology, Fourth Edition, orients and prepares students for in-depth studies in their areas of interest. Its broad scope acknowledges students’ diverse interests and aspirations in professional and scholarly career tracks as well as teaching and coaching. Top kinesiologists expand discussion of physical activity beyond exercise, sport, or health-related activity in an effort to broaden conceptions of physical activity and the potential contributions of kinesiology.

    The contributors, each with specific expertise in the subdisciplines, share their perspectives in chapters complemented by full-color photos and illustrations. Students can enrich their learning experience by taking advantage of the following tools and features:
    • Chapter objectives help students keep the main ideas in mind as they read through the text, and summaries at the end of each chapter reinforce these concepts.
    • Key points highlighted throughout each chapter stimulate interest and supplement information in the text.
    • Study questions at the end of each chapter help students focus on key areas of the text.
    A fully integrated web study guide helps students explore and comprehend concepts presented in the text. Callouts in the text (or links in the e-book) direct students to interactive activities, such as scenario-based activities, drag-and-drop, selecting from a menu, or responding with short answers to photos and scenarios presented. New and unique sidebars in the web study guide detail the major goals of each of the subdisciplines, provide case studies of real-world careers, and offer examples and applications to promote critical thinking. Practical Plug-In activities in part II help readers experience how content knowledge of the subdisciplines leads to real solutions. Part III features the addition of A Day in the Life profiles, drawing additional attention to the work of professionals in the field. Additional study questions, review of key points, activity feedback, interviews with practicing professionals, and web search activities further stimulate interest.

    The fourth edition maintains its clear organization into three parts but with a streamlined format and increased emphasis on studying the field as a whole. A recurring diagram in each section visually displays the integration of experience, scholarly study, and professional practice and seeks to balance the importance of these unique and interrelated dimensions of the discipline. The first section of the text provides broad discussion of how physical activity experiences in sport, exercise, work, rehabilitation, and daily living contribute to the understanding of kinesiology and how kinesiologists design and apply physical activity experiences. Students are then introduced to the academic subdisciplines of kinesiology. Job descriptions of professionals in each subdiscipline educate students on careers available, and practical applications illustrate the importance of the subdiscipline and how it may relate or contribute to a variety of professional endeavors. In the final section, students will examine the responsibilities and requirements of professionals in health and fitness, therapeutic exercise, teaching, coaching, and sport management. Work setting analyses, educational qualifications, case studies, profiles of working professionals, and career advice help students determine their professional interests and direction.

    The fourth edition of Introduction to Kinesiology remains the leading text for orienting students to the discipline of kinesiology and its diverse professions. With its full-color format and engaging writing style, Introduction to Kinesiology, Fourth Edition, presents the unified discipline of kinesiology and the variety, complexity, elegance, and importance of physical activity.


    A textbook for introductory undergraduate courses or foundations courses in kinesiology, sport science, or sport and physical activity; reference for researchers and practitioners in sport and exercise science.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1. Introduction to Kinesiology
    Shirl J. Hoffman and Janet C. Harris
    Ways of Developing an Understanding of Kinesiology
    Physical Activity: The Focus of Kinesiology
    What Is Physical Activity?
    What Is Kinesiology?
    The Focus of Kinesiology: Exercise and Skilled Movement
    How This Text Is Organized
    Part I: Experiencing Physical Activity
    Chapter 2. The Spheres of Physical Activity Experience
    Shirl J. Hoffman
    The Sphere of Self-Sufficiency
    The Sphere of Self-Expression
    The Sphere of Work
    The Sphere of Education
    The Sphere of Leisure
    The Sphere of Health
    The Sphere of Competition
    Chapter 3. The Importance of Physical Activity Experiences
    Shirl J. Hoffman
    Physical Activity as a Signature of Humanity
    Factors Influencing the Kinds and Amounts of Performance Experiences
    Two Ways Experience Can Affect Physical Activity
    How Quality and Quantity Affect Physical Activity Experience
    Identifying Critical Components of a Physical Activity
    Heredity and Experience
    Chapter 4. The Importance of Subjective Experiences in Physical Activity
    Shirl J. Hoffman
    Four Truths About Sport and Exercise
    Why Subjective Experiences Are Important
    Components of Subjective Experience
    Intrinsic and Extrinsic Approaches to Physical Activity
    Factors Affecting Our Enjoyment of Physical Activity
    Watching Sports as a Subjective Experience
    Part II: Scholarly Study of Physical Activity
    Chapter 5. Philosophy of Physical Activity
    Scott Kretchmar and Cesar R. Torres
    Why Use Philosophic Thinking?
    What Do Philosophers Do?
    History of Philosophy of Physical Activity
    Research Methods for Philosophy of Physical Activity
    Overview of Knowledge in the Philosophy of Physical Activity
    Chapter 6. History of Physical Activity
    Richard A. Swanson
    Why Use History of Physical Activity?
    What Do Historians of Physical Activity Do?
    History of Kinesiology and Physical Activity
    Research Methods for History of Physical Activity
    Overview of Knowledge in History of Physical Activity
    Chapter 7. Sociology of Physical Activity
    Katherine M. Jamieson and Margaret Carlisle Duncan
    Why Use Sociology of Physical Activity?
    What Do Sociologists of Physical Activity Do?
    History of Sociology of Physical Activity
    Research Methods for Sociology of Physical Activity
    Overview of Knowledge in Sociology of Physical Activity
    Chapter 8. Motor Behavior
    Katherine T. Thomas and Jerry R. Thomas
    Why Use Motor Behavior?
    What Do Motor Behaviorists Do?
    History of Motor Behavior
    Research Methods for Motor Behavior
    Overview of Knowledge in Motor Behavior
    Chapter 9. Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Robin S. Vealey
    Why Use Sport and Exercise Psychology?
    What Do Sport or Exercise Psychologists Do?
    History of Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Overview of Knowledge in Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Chapter 10. Biomechanics of Physical Activity
    Kathy Simpson
    Why Use Biomechanics of Physical Activity?
    What Do Biomechanists Do?
    History of Biomechanics
    Research Methods for Biomechanics
    Overview of Knowledge in Biomechanics of Physical Activity
    Chapter 11. Physiology of Physical Activity
    Jennifer L. Caputo
    Why Use Physiology of Physical Activity?
    What Do Physical Activity Physiologists Do?
    History of Physiology of Physical Activity
    Research Methods for Physiology of Physical Activity
    Overview of Knowledge in Physiology of Physical Activity
    Part III: Practicing a Profession in Physical Activity
    Chapter 12. Becoming a Physical Activity Professional
    Shirl J. Hoffman
    What Is a Profession?
    How Do Our Values Shape Our Professional Conduct?
    How Are Physical Activity Professionals Educated for the Workforce?
    Are You Suited for a Career in the Physical Activity Professions?
    Chapter 13. Careers in Health and Fitness
    Sandra Minor Bulmer and Jeremy Howell
    What is the Health and Fitness Profession?
    Settings for Health and Fitness
    Roles in Health and Fitness Professionals
    Trends and Opportunities in Health and Fitness
    Advice for Health and Fitness Students
    Chapter 14. Careers in Therapeutic Exercise
    Chad Starkey
    What Is Therapeutic Exercise?
    Settings for Therapeutic Exercise
    Roles for Therapeutic Exercise Professionals
    Trends and Opportunities in Therapeutic Exercise
    Advice for Therapeutic Exercise Students
    Chapter 15. Careers in Teaching Physical Education
    Kim C. Graber and Thomas J. Templin
    What Is Teaching Physical Education?
    Settings for Teaching Physical Education
    Roles for People in the Teaching Profession
    Trends and Opportunities in Teaching Physical Education
    Advice for Physical Education Students
    Chapter 16. Careers in Coaching and Sport Instruction
    Joseph A. Luxbacher and Shirl J. Hoffman
    What is Coaching and Sport Instruction?
    Settings for Coaching and Sport Instruction
    Roles for Coaching and Sport Instruction Professionals
    Advice for Coaching and Sport Instruction Students
    Chapter 17. Careers in Sport Management
    G. Clayton Stoldt and Mark C. Vermillion
    What Is Sport Management?
    Settings for Sport Management
    Roles for Sport Management Professionals
    Trends and Opportunities in Sport Management
    Advice for Sport Management Students
    About the Editor
    About the Contributors

    About the Editor

    Shirl J. Hoffman, EdD, is a professor of exercise and sport science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he served as department head for 10 years. He has served at all levels of education: elementary physical education teacher, college-level coach, and professor in both research university and liberal arts college settings.

    Hoffman has published extensively on a variety of topics, including sport philosophy and ethics, evangelicalism and religion in sport, sociology of sport, and motor learning and performance. He also has been a frequent commentator on problems in kinesiology and higher education. He has published widely on topics related to motor learning and control, qualitative analysis of movement, and sport philosophy, especially sport and religion. He was the charter executive director of the American Kinesiology Association and now is editor of Kinesiology Today, an online magazine.

    Hoffman is a fellow emeritus of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He is the author of Good Game: Christianity and the Culture of Sport (2010) and was the project coordinator for Careers in Sport, Fitness, and Exercise (2011), published by the American Kinesiology Association.

    Hoffman and his wife, Claude, reside in Greensboro, North Carolina and Boone, North Carolina.