Laboratory Assessment and Exercise Prescription
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Introduction: Foundations of Laboratory Assessment

Lab 1. Preparticipation Screening for Exercise
Lab 2. Basic Fitness Assessment
Lab 3. Assessment of Body Composition: Skinfold and Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis 
Lab 4. Assessment of Body Composition: Laboratory Methods
Lab 5. Assessment of Resting Metabolic Rate and Weight Management Strategies
Lab 6. Metabolic Calculations and Calculation of Energy Expenditure
Lab 7. Assessment of Aerobic Fitness: Submaximal Exercise Testing
Lab 8. Assessment of Aerobic Fitness: Maximal Oxygen Consumption
Lab 9. Assessment of Muscular Fitness: Flexibility and Range of Motion
Lab 10. Assessment of Muscular Fitness: Muscular Endurance
Lab 11. Assessment of Muscular Fitness: Muscular Strength
Lab 12. Assessment of Clinical Variables: Pulmonary Function Testing
Lab 13. Assessment of Clinical Variables: Basic Electrocardiography
Lab 14. Assessment of Clinical Variables: Functional Fitness Testing

Appendix A. Common Medications and Exercise Considerations
Appendix B. Emergency Procedures

About the Author

Jeffrey M. Janot, PhD, ACSM CEP, is a professor and the chair of the department of kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. He primarily teaches in the rehabilitation science program, focusing on exercise physiology, fitness assessment and exercise prescription for healthy and clinical populations, and electrocardiography.

Janot received his PhD in health, physical education, and recreation, with a focus on exercise physiology, from the University of New Mexico. His research interests include sports physiology in hockey and baseball, applied cardiovascular physiology, and enhancing functional abilities of younger and older adults and those with chronic disease.

Janot holds certifications as an ACSM Clinical Exercise Physiologist and USA Hockey Level 5 Master Coach. Additionally, Janot has coached hockey at the youth level and currently coaches baseball at Eau Claire Memorial High School. He resides in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with his wife, Jill, and their two children, Ben and Zach.

Nicholas M. Beltz, PhD, ACSM RCEP, is an assistant professor in kinesiology. He currently serves as the director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory and director of the Community Fitness Program at the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. His teaching responsibilities are within the rehabilitation science and exercise science programs, specifically courses in laboratory methods, exercise physiology, and community fitness programming.

Beltz received his PhD in physical education, sports, and exercise science, with an emphasis in exercise science, from the University of New Mexico. His research is focused on central cardiovascular responses to concurrent exercise, evaluation of maximal oxygen uptake, and acute and chronic responses to resistance training.

Beltz has coached high school football and currently coaches baseball at Eau Claire Memorial High School. He resides in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, with his beautiful wife, Kjirsten, and their amazing daughters, Baylor and Bennett.

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