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You can play any sport a man can""--and women are definitely better suited than men to some. That said, Rosenzweig doesn't dwell on the differences: at least half of this clear and comprehensive guide could also be helpful for men. First come the rudiments: the benefits of exercise, how to choose a sport, pre-exercise testing, principles of conditioning and exercise, and nutritional support--all in precise, nitty-gritty detail (with some hair-raising inside poop--such as swimmers injecting air into their intestines to make them more buoyant). Part II takes up the various sports and exercises--starting with the five basics (walking, swimming, bicycling, running, jumping rope) and how to do them, and a ""home circuit training"" course (total body exercise done in a pattern). Then: a directory to virtually every sport from badminton to ice hockey and wrestling (evaluation, training, complementary sports, common injuries). Part III, ""The Inner Woman,"" covers exercise and menstruation, menopause, birth control, and pregnancy. (Typical of the up-to-date information: women who contract toxic shock syndrome have been shown to exercise significantly less than their peers.) Finally, Part IV, Sportsmedicine, offers advice on how and when to get help, and what diagnostic procedures to expect--plus a guide to symptoms arranged by body area (from side stitch and leg-length discrepancy to difficulty in breathing), and what to do about each. In toto: a vast amount of information, well-explained--for readers looking for encouragement, a way to begin exercise, help with a specific problem, or just interesting reading. By comparison, John Marshall's The Sports Doctor's Fitness Book for Women (1981) offers somewhat more help in setting up your own program.

Pub Date: June 2nd, 1982
Publisher: Harper & Row