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Body Composition in Sport, Exercise and Health


The analysis of body composition (fat, bone and muscle) is an important process throughout the biomedical sciences. This is the first book to offer a clear and detailed introduction to the key methods and techniques in body composition analysis and to explain the importance of body composition data in the context of sport, exercise and health.

With contributions from some of the world 's leading body composition specialists, the book goes further than any other in demonstrating the practical and applied value of body composition analysis in areas such as performance sport and weight control in clinical populations. The book pays particular attention to the important concept of change in body composition, and includes discussion of ethical issues in the collection, interpretation and presentation of data, and considerations when working with special populations.

Bridging the gap between research methods and practical application, this book is important reading for advanced students and practitioners working in sport and exercise science, health science, anatomy, nutrition, physical therapy or ergonomics.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Concept of Body Composition and its Applications - Arthur Stewart Chapter 2. Laboratory Methods of Body Composition Analysis - Catherine Rolland Chapter 3. Portable Methods of Body Composition Analysis - Catherine Rolland and Yvonne Mulholland Chapter 4. Physique: Phenotype, Somatotype and 3D Scanning - Lindsay Carter and Arthur Stewart Chapter 5. Muscle Tissue - Laura Sutton Chapter 6. Bone Tissue - Laura Sutton Chapter 7. Anthropometric Surrogates for Fatness and Health - Mike Marfell-Jones, Alan Nevill and Arthur Stewart Chapter 8. Body Composition Change - Patria Hume and Arthur Stewart Chapter 9. Body Composition in Chronic Disease and Disability - Vicky L. Goosey-Tolfrey and Laura Sutton Chapter 10. Body Composition: Professional Practice and an Interdisciplinary Toolkit - Laura Sutton and Arthur Stewart

About the Author

Arthur D. Stewart has worked in body composition as an editor of the Journal of Sports Sciences, for the International Olympic Committee's working group on body composition, and as criterion anthropometrist and Vice President of the International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry. He has over 60 publications, including his recent research in 3D body scanning at Robert Gordon University, UK. Laura Sutton completed her PhD in body composition analysis, in the process working with a wide variety of populations including recreational and elite athletes, disability groups, the fire service and the armed forces. Laura currently works as a medical statistician at the University of Liverpool, UK.

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