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Introduction to Kinesiology 5th Edition eBook With Web Study Guide

Introduction to Kinesiology 5th Edition eBook With Web Study Guide

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    Introduction to Kinesiology: Studying Physical Activity, Fifth Edition With Web Study Guide, gives students a complete overview of the field of kinesiology and explores the common career paths, questions, and ideas that are part of this dynamic and expanding discipline. This engaging, four-color introductory text stimulates curiosity about the vast field of kinesiology, provides a foundation for students to build on through further study, and generates awareness of the long-standing and current issues that kinesiology professionals seek to understand and solve. Editors Shirl J. Hoffman and Duane V. Knudson have retained the book’s strong framework and have used feedback from instructors to streamline and condense the text while adding new and updated content.

    The fifth edition features a web study guide that encourages students to apply classroom content to real-world activities and better prepare for exams.

    Additional updates to this new fifth edition include the following:
    • Updates to data, research, and graphics to incorporate the most recent discoveries
    • An increased focus on public health, allied health, and nutrition and wellness to reflect changes in this dynamic and growing field
    • New Professional Issues in Kinesiology sidebars that look at the issues of equality, evidence-based practice, expertise, and overload as they relate to the field of kinesiology
    • New Kinesiology Colleagues sidebars that introduce role models who demonstrate professional life in kinesiology and its related fields
    The text features the three-section structure that has always been a strength of this leading introductory textbook. Part I examines the diversity of physical activity and kinesiology and summarizes the importance of knowledge gained through physical activity experiences. Part II delves into the seven major subdisciplines of kinesiology, with an overview of major historical events, research methods, professional work and application, and ideas for career advancement in each. Part III elaborates on professionalism and then examines five main areas for career opportunities.

    The extensive instructor ancillaries include an instructor guide, a test package, chapter quizzes, a presentation package, and an image bank that includes most art and tables from the text.

    Introduction to Kinesiology provides basic and essential information for students embarking on their study of kinesiology, and this updated fifth edition prepares them for future courses and further study.


    Primary textbook for introductory or foundational courses in physical activity, kinesiology, exercise science, and sport science. Reference for researchers and practitioners in sport and exercise science professions.

    Table of Contents

    Chapter 1: Introduction to Kinesiology
    Duane V. Knudson and Shirl J. Hoffman
    Interest in the Discipline of Kinesiology
    Physical Activity: The Focus of Kinesiology
    Some Focuses of Physical Activity in Kinesiology

    Part I: Experiencing Physical Activity
    Chapter 2: Spheres of Physical Activity Experience
    Shirl J. Hoffman
    Sphere of Self-Sufficiency
    Sphere of Self-Expression
    Sphere of Work
    Sphere of Education
    Sphere of Leisure
    Sphere of Health
    Sphere of Competition
    Chapter 3: The Importance of Physical Activity Experiences
    Duane V. Knudson
    Physical Activity as a Signature of Humanity
    Factors That Influence the Kinds of Experience in Physical Activity
    Ways in Which Experience Can Affect Physical Activity
    Identifying Critical Components of Physical Activity Experiences
    Heredity and Experience
    Subjective Experience of Physical Activity
    Why Subjective Experiences Are Important to Kinesiology Professionals
    Components of Subjective Experience
    Factors Affecting Our Enjoyment of Physical Activity
    Watching Sport as a Subjective Experience

    Part II: Scholarly Study of Physical Activity
    Chapter 4: Philosophy of Physical Activity
    Scott Kretchmar and Cesar R. Torres
    Why Use Philosophical Thinking?
    What Do Philosophers Do?
    History of Philosophy of Physical Activity
    Research Methods for Philosophy of Physical Activity
    Overview of Knowledge in Philosophy of Physical Activity
    Chapter 5: 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 6: Sociology of Physical Activity
    Katherine M. Jamieson
    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 7: 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 8: Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Robin S. Vealey
    Why Use Sport and Exercise Psychology?
    What Do Sport and Exercise Psychology Professionals Do?
    History of Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Research Methods for Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Overview of Knowledge in Sport and Exercise Psychology
    Chapter 9: 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
    Chapter 10: Physiology of Physical Activity
    Jennifer L. Caputo
    Why Use Physiology of Physical Activity?
    What Do Exercise 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 11: 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 12: Careers in Health and Fitness
    Warren D. Franke
    What Is the Health and Fitness Profession?
    Settings for Health and Fitness
    Roles for Health and Fitness Professionals
    Trends and Opportunities in Health and Fitness
    Advice for Health and Fitness Students
    Chapter 13: 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 14: Careers in Teaching Physical Education
    Kim C. Graber and Thomas J. Templin
    What Is the Teaching of Physical Education?
    Settings for Teaching Physical Education
    Roles for Physical Education Professionals
    Trends and Opportunities in Teaching Physical Education
    Advice for Physical Education Students
    Chapter 15: Careers in Coaching and Sport Instruction
    Joseph A. Luxbacher and Duane V. Knudson
    What Are Coaching and Sport Instruction?
    Settings for Coaching and Sport Instruction
    Roles for Coaching and Sport Instruction Professionals
    Trends and Opportunities in Coaching and Sport Instruction
    Advice for Students in Coaching and Sport Instruction
    Chapter 16: 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 Editors
    About the Contributors

    About the Author & Editor

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

    Hoffman has published extensively on a variety of topics, including sport philosophy and ethics, religion in sport, qualitative analysis and diagnosis of movement, and motor learning and performance. Hoffman 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. He has also been a frequent commentator on issues in kinesiology and higher education.

    Hoffman is a former editor of Quest and was the charter executive director of the American Kinesiology Association (AKA). He is a fellow emeritus of the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK).

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

    Duane V. Knudson, PhD, is a professor of biomechanics in the department of health and human performance at Texas State University. He earned his doctorate at the University of Wisconsin and has held tenured positions at three universities.

    Knudson's research areas are the biomechanics of tennis, stretching, qualitative movement diagnosis, and learning biomechanical concepts. He has authored more than 130 peer-reviewed articles and 14 chapters. Knudson is the author of Biomechanical Principles of Tennis Technique (2006), Fundamentals of Biomechanics, Second Edition (2007), and Qualitative Diagnosis of Human Movement, Third Edition (2013). He has received numerous regional, state, national, and international awards for his scholarship and has been elected a fellow of three scholarly societies. He has served as a department chair, as an associate dean, as president of the American Kinesiology Association, as vice president of publications for the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports, and in numerous other professional leadership roles.


    All ancillaries are free to course adopters and available at

    Instructor guide. Includes chapter outlines and suggested lecture structures to aid instructors in lecture preparation. Also includes student activities to facilitate learning and engagement within the classroom.

    Test package. Includes more than 330 questions in multiple-choice, true-or-false, fill-in-the-blank, and essay format that instructors can use in creating or supplementing tests and quizzes.

    Presentation package plus image bank. Includes more than 340 presentation slides to aid instructors in lesson preparations. Slides can be edited, reordered, incorporated into other presentations, and printed and distributed as classroom handouts. The image bank includes all of the artwork and tables from the text, sorted by chapter, to provide instructors with flexibility when creating their own customized presentations, handouts, and other course resources.

    The presentation package plus image bank is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4925-5097-6

    Chapter quizzes. Contains 10 questions for each chapter in multiple-choice, true-or-false, fill-in-the-blank, and essay format that instructors can use in their lessons to gauge student comprehension

    Web study guide. Includes learning aids and interactive activities using a variety of approaches—audio, video, drag-and-drop activities, self-ratings, interviews, and more—to demonstrate various aspects of kinesiology and bring the content to life. Activities based on Kinesiology Colleagues profiles encourage students to reflect on their own professional development and foster critical thinking.

    The web study guide is also available for purchase separately • ISBN 978-1-4925-5098-3