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Published by the American College of Sports Medicine, this authoritative manual teaches health fitness professionals and students how to appropriately conduct fitness assessment testing.

 The goal of this Fourth Edition of ACSM’s Health-Related Physical Fitness Manual is to provide a comprehensive overview of why and how to perform assessments of the five health-related components of physical fitness, namely body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory fitness.

Features of the Fourth Edition include:

·         Reorganized and expanded information, including discussion of unique assessment principles and the major limitations of some assessment methods

·         Step-by-step instructions for assessment of health-related physical fitness and resources for interpretation of test results.

·         Updated references to ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription, Ninth Edition.

·         More than 110 boxes, tables, and figures to help the reader understand the concepts of health-related physical fitness.

·         Case study analysis at the conclusion of each assessment chapter and suggested laboratory activities to help students master the concepts of health-related physical fitness.

·         Available instructor resources include fully searchable online text, an image bank, PowerPoint slides, and a Test Generator.

 

The American College of Sports Medicine, founded in 1954, is the world’s largest sports medicine and exercise science organization with more than 45,000 national, regional, and international members and certified professionals in more than 90 countries. With professionals representing more than 70 occupations, ACSM offers a 360-degree view of sports medicine and exercise science. From academicians to students and from personal trainers to physicians, the association of public health, health/fitness, clinical exercise, and health care professionals is dedicated to helping people worldwide live longer, healthier lives through science, education, medicine, and policy. For more information, visitwww.acsm.org, www.acsm.org/facebook, and www.twitter.com/acsmnews.

Principles of Pathophysiology and Emergency Medical Care relates pathophysiological principles to emergency care of medical disorders. Material conforms to the 1999 EMT-Paramedic Curriculum objectives. Many illustrations and tables highlight important concepts that appeal to the visual learner. In-depth coverage of shock, acid-base, environmental and toxicological emergencies not found in other pathophysiology texts, but necessary for the EMS professional. (key words: pathophysiology, EMS, Emergency Medical Services)

A concise, easy-to-understand introduction to the fundamentals, Gould's Pathophysiology for the Health Professions, 5th Edition helps you learn essential concepts of major diseases/disorders and disease processes. Continuing in its well-known tradition of readability and vivid, full-color illustrations, the text is updated with the latest research and trends in human disease. Disorders are described by body system, with coverage of the interactions between systems, and special features help you apply the material to real-life situations. No matter which healthcare field you may enter, Gould's Pathophysiology prepares you for the conditions encountered in clinical practice.

"Gould's Pathophysiology for the Health Professions can easily be incorporated into a course as a prescribed book to students in the health care professions. The authors of this book are commended for their contribution to the literature on pathophysiology and its application to the health professions." Reviewed by: Dr Benita Olivier, University of the Witwatersrand, Date: Oct 14



  • Concise and readable approach includes the information you need without being overwhelming, even if you have a limited scientific background.
  • Unique Think About questions alert you to important points and help with self-evaluation, test preparation, and review.
  • Warning Signs boxes help you identify the pre-emptive signs of physiologic events such as strokes.
  • Emergency Treatment boxes give step-by-step instructions to follow for emergencies such as shock, cardiac arrest, and pneumothorax.
  • Apply Your Knowledge questions ask you to use what you've learned to predict What can go wrong with this structure or system?
  • Ready References in the appendix provide a quick lookup for anatomic terms, conversion tables, abbreviations and acronyms, diagnostic studies and tests, and more.
  • Key terms are listed at the beginning of each chapter and defined within the text, covering the scientific terminology you need to know.
  • Research boxes discuss new developments, problem areas of pathophysiology, and complications associated with research.
  • Learning objectives and bulleted chapter summaries help you focus on key concepts and information.


  • NEW Defense/Protective Mechanisms section consolidates coverage of inflammation and healing, infection, and immunity.
  • UPDATED chapters are reorganized with a building-block method that presents content in a more logical and systematic approach.
  • UPDATED format for individual disorders includes 1) background, 2) pathophysiology, 3) etiology, 4) signs and symptoms, 5) diagnoses, 6) possible related complications/disorders, and 7) treatments/research.
  • NEW! Pathophysiology of Body Systems chapters begin with a brief review of normal anatomy and physiology and show the interrelatedness and the interactions between systems.
  • NEW authors bring a fresh and contemporary approach to the content while keeping true to the integrity of Barbara Gould's original text.

This book addresses key topics essential to pathophysiology, written especially for physical therapists, occupational therapists, and other rehabilitation professionals. Each chapter provides fundamental descriptions of diseases followed by current knowledge on the cellular and molecular mechanisms responsible for disease processes. Coverage focuses on the knowledge and skills required for successful patient care in the clinical environment, with specific chapters on muscle, nerve, and the pathophysiological effects of movement, immobility, and aging.

  • Physiology material presented is particularly relevant to physical therapists and other rehabilitation professionals.
  • Content thoroughly addresses the requirements of occupational therapy and physical therapy clinicians
  • Key points and summaries make the information accessible and easy to follow.
  • Current evidence is presented on the biological basis of disease, and biological processes are linked to clinical manifestations and therapeutic management.
  • Easy-to-follow flow charts summarize disease processes.
  • Lists of journal articles and texts direct the reader to sources for more in-depth information.
  • Radiographs, scans, and photographs illustrate disease processes.