THE SPORTS DOCTOR'S FITNESS BOOK FOR WOMEN by
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THE SPORTS DOCTOR'S FITNESS BOOK FOR WOMEN

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Expert, careful, thorough advice for women of all ages and at all levels of activity. By the time of his death in 1980, Marshall was recognized as one of the originators of sportsmedicine--most specifically, for his treatment of knee injuries. He had expanded from developing training methods for restoring injured knees to creating preventive exercises--to ward off the problems; here, he generalizes from this experience to set out the basics of a good, preventive fitness program. In line with the current thinking that every woman (regardless of her early disadvantages) can find and enjoy her own level of sport, the authors first explain how to do a complete physical assessment--weighing in medical problems, present state of fitness, and capabilities--and then examine the different sports available. Covering the field from basketball to swimming to horseback riding, they describe the physical demands of each sport and suggest what kind of person (build, temperament) is most likely to do well in it and enjoy it. Next they set out the components of a sound exercise program--from warming up to cooling down, for increasing flexibility and strength--and cover what to do should injury occur. Among special extras: ""Fitness Facilities and How to Rate Them""--a critical look at problems of health spas (from Y's on up), with a precise checklist that can be used for evaluation; ""Girls and Sports--What Schools and Communities Have to Offer""--a discussion that stresses the importance of ""attitude"" (""rather than any physical fact"") and tells how parents can keep this from affecting their daughters; and special consideration for those over 45 years. A note on nutrition and a question-and-answer section round out what is the best basic, personal sports guide for women available today.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1981
Publisher: Delacorte