Online CourseThe package components are as follows:
- ACSM’s Body Composition Assessment text
- Continuing education exam (accessed online)
ACSM’s Body Composition Assessment delves into the methodology for a number of techniques, including DXA, BIA, ultrasound, underwater weighing, ADP, total body water, multicomponent models, anthropometry (including skinfolds and circumferences), and BMI. The text uncovers the sources of error inherent in each measurement technique, and it identifies populations to whom these techniques can be applied with accuracy. Researchers and clinicians alike will benefit from descriptions of methods for use in both laboratory and field settings, protocols for the standardization of each method, and advantages and limitations for each method.
The text thoroughly examines the health implications of body composition by looking at the relationships between chronic disease and total body fat, fat distribution, muscle mass, and bone density. It also facilitates the reader’s ability to assess changes in body composition over time and to understand special considerations in assessing body composition in athletes, children, older adults, the overweight population, and clinical populations.
Upon completing the book, certified professionals can take the companion CE exam to earn continuing education credits.
After completing this course, you will be able to do the following:
- Define the essential terms and concepts for measurement of body composition.
- Describe the limitations and accuracy of the reference methods used to assess body composition.
- Know the advantages and limitations of each body composition laboratory method.
- Become familiar with standardized measurement procedures for different field methods used to estimate body composition and obesity.
- Observe how measurement error varies by body composition method.
- Summarize the recommended practical approaches for determining minimum weight in athletes and the accuracy of each approach.
- Understand and describe how the accuracy of laboratory and field methods of body composition assessment are affected when applied to various populations.
- Describe applications of body composition methods to assess nutritional status, growth, and aging, sport and exercise, and weight loss and medicine.
AudienceA continuing education course for fitness, health, and medical professionals; nutrition specialists; exercise physiologists; and other certified professionals.
Table of ContentsChapter 1. Introduction to Body Composition and Assessment
Timothy G. Lohman, PhD; Laurie A. Milliken, PhD, FACSM; and Luis B. Sardinha, PhD
Chapter 2. Body Composition Models and Reference Methods
Jennifer W. Bea, PhD; Kirk Cureton, PhD, FACSM; Vinson Lee, MS; and Laurie A. Milliken, PhD, FACSM
Chapter 3. Body Composition Laboratory Methods
Robert M. Blew, MS; Luis B. Sardinha, PhD; and Laurie A. Milliken, PhD, FACSM
Chapter 4. Body Composition Field Methods
Leslie Jerome Brandon, PhD, FACSM; Laurie A. Milliken, PhD, FACSM; Robert M. Blew, MS; and Timothy G. Lohman, PhD
Chapter 5. Assessing Measurement Error
Vinson Lee, MS; Leslie Jerome Brandon, PhD, FACSM; and Timothy G. Lohman, PhD
Chapter 6. Estimation of Minimum Weight
Timothy G. Lohman, PhD; and Kirk Cureton, PhD, FACSM
Chapter 7. Applying Body Composition Methods to Specific Populations
Jennifer W. Bea, PhD; Timothy G. Lohman, PhD; and Laurie A. Milliken, PhD, FACSM
Chapter 8. Body Composition Applications
Vanessa Risoul-Salas, MSc, RD; Alba Reguant-Closa, MS, RD; Luis B. Sardinha, PhD; Margaret Harris, PhD; Timothy G. Lohman, PhD; Nuwanee Kirihennedige, MS, RD; and Nanna Lucia Meyer, PhD, FACSM