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ACSM's Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription

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ISBN-10: 0781745063

ISBN-13: 9780781745062

Edition: 7th 2006 (Revised)

Authors: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Staff

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This manual succinctly summarizes recommended procedures for exercise testing and exercise prescription in healthy and diseased individuals. The seventh edition contains the most current public health and clinical information and state-of-the-art, research-based recommendations.
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Book details

List price: $36.95
Edition: 7th
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication date: 5/19/2005
Binding: Comb Bound 
Pages: 366
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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Health Appraisal, Risk Assessment, and Safety of Exercise
Benefits and Risks Associated With Exercise
Public Health Perspective
Benefits of Regular Physical Activity and/or Exercise
Risks Associated With Exercise Testing
Risks Associated With Vigorous Exercise
Incidence of Cardiovascular Complications
Issues Regarding Preliminary Screening
Recommendations to Reduce the Incidence and Severity of Complications During Exercise
Health Screening and Risk Stratification
Preparticipation Health Screening
ACSM Risk Stratification
Risk Stratification for Cardiac Patients
Modifying Coronary Risk Status
Exercise Testing
Pretest Clinical Evaluation
Medical History, Physical Examination, and Laboratory Tests
Alternative Stress Tests
Blood Pressure
Cholesterol and Lipoproteins
Blood Profile Analyses
Pulmonary Function
Contraindications to Exercise Testing
Informed Consent
Patient Instructions
Physical Fitness Testing and Interpretation
Purposes of Fitness Testing
Basic Principles and Guidelines
Test Order
Test Environment
Body Composition
Anthropometric Methods
Other Techniques
Cardiorespiratory Fitness
The Concept of Maximal Oxygen Uptake
Maximal versus Submaximal Exercise Testing
Modes of Testing
Cardiorespiratory Test Sequence and Measures
Test Termination Criteria
Muscular Fitness
Clinical Exercise Testing
Indications and Applications
Diagnostic Exercise Testing
Exercise Testing for Disease Severity and Prognosis
Exercise Testing After Myocardial Infarction
Functional Exercise Testing
Exercise Test Modalities
Exercise Protocols
Upper Body Exercise Testing
Testing for Return to Work
Weight Carrying Test
Repetitive Lifting Test
Heart Rate and Blood Pressure
Expired Gases
Electrocardiographic Monitoring
Subjective Ratings
Postexercise Period
Indications for Exercise Test Termination
Exercise Testing With Imaging Modalities
Exercise Echocardiography
Exercise Nuclear Imaging
Pharmacologic Stress Testing
Considerations for Pulmonary Patients
Lung Function
Exercise Testing of Pulmonary Patients
Supervision of Exercise Stress Testing
Considerations Regarding Medical Supervision
Current Guidelines and Practices
Competency Considerations
Implications for Cost-Effectiveness
Interpretation of Clinical Test Data
Exercise Testing as a Screening Tool for Coronary Artery Disease
Interpretation of Responses to Graded Exercise Testing
Maximal Oxygen Uptake
Heart Rate Response
Blood Pressure Response
ECG Waveforms
Diagnostic Value of Exercise Testing
Predictive Value
Comparison With Imaging Stress Tests
Prognostic Applications of the Exercise Test
Interpretation of Exercise Tests in Pulmonary Patients
Specific Respiratory Diseases
Exercise Prescription
General Principles of Exercise Prescription
Principles of Training
Overview of the Exercise Prescription
The Art of Exercise Prescription
Components of the Training Session
Endurance Phase
Recreational Activities
Cardiorespiratory Fitness
Mode of Exercise
Exercise Intensity
Exercise Duration
Exercise Frequency
Energy Expenditure Goals
Rate of Progression
Initial Conditioning Stage
Improvement Stage
Maintenance Stage
Training Specificity
Musculoskeletal Flexibility
Muscular Fitness
Maintenance of the Training Effect
Program Supervision
Exercise Prescription for Cardiac Patients
Inpatient Programs
Outpatient Programs
Outpatient Rate of Progression
Types of Outpatient Programs
Exercise Prescription Without a Preliminary Exercise Test
Resistance Training
Eligibility and Exclusion Criteria
Time Course to Resistance Training
Prescriptive Guidelines
Arm Exercise Prescription
Arm Exercise Training Heart Rate
Work Rates for Arm Training
Arm Exercise Equipment and Training Modalities
Exercise Training for Return to Work
Optimal Exercise Dosage? Pathophysiologic Considerations
Special Patient Populations
Angina or Silent Ischemia
Congestive Heart Failure
Pacemaker and Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillators
Cardiac Transplant
Exercise: An Integral Component of a Comprehensive Treatment Approach
Exercise Prescription for Pulmonary Patients
Exercise Prescription
Mode of Exercise
Special Considerations
Pursed-Lips Breathing
Supplemental Oxygen
Alternative Modes of Exercise Training
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure
Upper Body Resistance Training
Ventilatory Muscle Training
Program Design and Supervision
Monitoring Exercise Training Intensity
Other Clinical Conditions Influencing Exercise Prescription
Lower-Extremity Peripheral Vascular Disease
Diabetes Mellitus
Programs for Reducing Body Fatness
Exercise Testing and Prescription for Children, the Elderly, and Pregnant Women
Fitness Testing
Clinical Exercise Testing
Exercise Prescription
The Elderly
Exercise Testing
Exercise Prescription
Pregnant Women
Special Considerations
Methods for Changing Exercising Behaviors
Exercise Compliance
Adult Learning
Psychological Components of Successful Behavior Change
Strategies to Improve Behavioral Change Outcomes
Practical Recommendations to Enhance Exercise Adherence
Population-Specific Barriers to Physical Activity
Program Models: Group versus Home-Based Exercise Therapy
Other Targets for Health Behavior Change
Smoking Cessation
Weight Management
Dietary Modification
Stress Management
Legal Issues
Contracts, Informed Consent, and Torts
Contract Law
Informed Consent
Negligence and/or Malpractice
Defenses to Negligence and/or Malpractice Actions
Liability Insurance
Standards of Care
Policies, Protocols, Forms, and Fulfillment
Legal Concerns and the Roles of Licensed and Nonlicensed Exercise Professionals
Common Medications
Emergency Management
Electrocardiogram (ECG) Interpretation
Metabolic Calculations
Environmental Considerations
American College of Sports Medicine Certifications