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Children's Exercise Physiology


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PrefaceIntroductionChapter 1. The Importance of Body Size-Size and Function: Lessons From Allometry-Adjusting Physiologic Variables for Body SizeChapter 2. Growth and Exercise-Influence of Growth Factors on Physical Fitness-Effects of Exercise on Growth Chapter 3. The Impact of Puberty-The Process of Puberty-Physiologic and Anatomic Expression of Sexual Maturation-Pubertal Effects on Physical Fitness-Influence of Exercise on Sexual MaturationChapter 4. The Metabolic Machinery-Basic Concepts in Exercise Physiology-Resting ATP Stores-Glycolysis-Aerobic Metabolism-Training Effects-Are Children Metabolic Nonspecialists?Chapter 5. Aerobic Fitness-The Development of VO2max -Ontogenetic Scaling Exponents for VO2max-Is VO2max (or Peak VO2) Really VO2max? Physiology and Semantics-The Meaning of Physiologic Aerobic Fitness-Does VO2max Reflect the Development of Endurance Fitness?-Oxygen Uptake Kinetics-The Relationship Between Aerobic Fitness and Physical Activity-Sex Differences in VO2maxChapter 6. Cardiovascular Responses to Exercise-Relating Cardiac Variables to Body Size-Circulatory Responses to Exercise: The Basics-Cardiovascular Responses to Acute Progressive Exercise-Myocardial Energetics-Heritability of Cardiac Size-Isometric (Static) ExerciseChapter 7. Ventilation Responses-Developmental Changes in Ventilatory Components-Ventilatory Mechanics-Control of Ventilation-Maintaining Normoxemia-Prolonged Steady-State ExerciseChapter 8. Energy Demands of Weight-Bearing Locomotion-The Meaning of Economy: Is Allometry Appropriate?-Stride Frequency-The Cost of Generating Force Hypothesis-Stride Efficiency and Elastic Recoil-Muscular Efficiency -Muscle Co-contraction-Sex Differences in Economy-Uphill and Downhill Running-Implications for Aerobic FitnessChapter 9. Short-Burst Activities and Anaerobic Fitness-Metabolic Anaerobic Fitness-Laboratory Anaerobic Fitness: Wingate Cycle Testing-Short-Burst Fitness in the Field: Sprinting-Ventilatory Anaerobic Threshold-Explosive Power: Vertical JumpChapter 10. Muscle Strength-Dimensionality Theory and Allometric Scaling-Development of Muscle Strength-Determinants of Muscle Strength Development -Explaining Qualitative Changes-Muscle DamageChapter 11. Responses to Physical Training-Resistance Training-Trainability of Fitness in Short-Burst Activities-Aerobic TrainabilityChapter 12. Thermoregulation-Maturational Changes-Heat and Exercise Intolerance-Fluid BalanceChapter 13. The Central Nervous System and Physiologic Fitness-The CNS "Governor"-Perception of Exercise Stress-Autonomic Neurological Influences-CNS Control of Physical ActivityGlossaryReferencesIndexAbout the Author

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Thomas W. Rowland, M.D., is director of Paediatric Cardiology at the Baystate Medical Centre in Springfield, Massachusetts and author of the popular book, Exercise and Children's Health.

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