Again, hyperlinks aren’t working, so hard to make too much of a judgement, but I would have liked to see more figures, tables, and graphs to explain important concepts.
All the chapters are well written and get across the main points. I think most readers will pick up on different authors for each chapter. Not a bad thing, but definitely different styles. There could be most consistency in referencing, the inclusion and format of the lab activities.
Yes, felt easy to read. See previous comments on some tables, figures, and charts that would make things a little easier for some readers to understand.
Book was well organized and built upon itself. In some chapters there are references used and other places not so. Some consistency in the referencing would be helpful.
No inappropriate issues. There could be room for growth by including a chapter on age associated issues surrounding fitness and wellness. The role of ethnicity and race and wellness could have a place in a book like this.
This is a well written book with a lot of great information. As a professor in a physical therapy program, I could see having my students read parts of the book in our health and wellness module. I like the thoroughness of Chapter 1 with all the behavior change information. I appreciate the amount of information in the fitness principles chapter. Going through all the different areas and concepts such as overload, FITT, and periodization is helpful and important for the reader to understand. The book feels like it is written to people who are working to improve their own wellness. It would helpful if the authors started off with a summary of how they use this book and why they wrote it. That may help faculty decide whether this is the book for them. However the concepts in the book could be extrapolated to a clinical population or help the reader prepare for working with individuals in a personal training or counseling environment.
About the Book
This open textbook for Concepts of Fitness and Wellness at Georgia Highlands College was created through a Round Seven ALG Textbook Transformation pure Grant.
Scott Flynn, Associate Professor of Physical Education and Principal Investigator, Division of Natural Science and Physical Education, Georgia Highlands College.
The information and content is factual and accurately presented. It references quality information sources for students. Some links were no longer available. As each chapter stands alone, they are not tied with a unifying thread that might integrate the overall topic of health and wellness.
The text was straight-forward, easily readable, and engaging for upper level high school and college freshman/sophomore students. Clarity would be enhanced with more figures and diagrams.
Content in this book is accurate and unbiased. There are several of the links within the text that do not send you to the correct destination.
The terminology, framework and design of the textbook was consistent throughout each chapter. Furthermore, web links to various topics were also consistent in each chapter. Furthermore, additional readings, embedded videos, and references provide supplemental material.
There are no obvious errors in the text. Reorganize the test questions on p. 130 and 139 (#4 & #5) for better flow.
In general, the content is accurate. That being said, the depth and quality varies which the individual sections. For example, within the Cardiovascular Disease section the links do not function and within the Weight Management section, the reference list is incomplete.
Presentation is consistent, although I would prefer that the page numbers be listed 1-142, as opposed to starting each chapter on page 1.
The Table of Contents flows in a manner that I totally understand. I can see why the authors positioned them in this manner. With that said, I also know the topics that my students tend to gravitate toward and those which seem to take more time when discussing. Personally, I would focus most of my content on the back half of this text because we have a whole specific courses in our curriculum that cover the fitness and nutrition aspects more.
I did not notice any grammatical errors, and the writing appears to be at a reasonably easy level to read.
The content is broadly covered. Would like to have seen the authors go a little deeper with the information. Could be a great book for an intro course.
This is the type of text that is very relevant to an introduction course in Health and Wellness. It could be updated regularly to be a text that I would consider using ongoing.
As a online reader, seems to flow very well and links are current, etc. Navigation isn’t an issue, the only challenge is from the traditional textbook standpoint of having to be online while reading the text to access certain information. The ancillary information that is provided is very current, well though out and placed, as well as relevant.
Overall, the text is written in a way that could be understood. However, there are terms that iliar to all readers. It would be useful to include a Terminology Checklist for each chapter, similar to the checklist (p. 5) in the Stress chapter.
In this the book does well. I could see myself assigning some of these chapters in class as some of them are well construed. It could some more graphs and pictures (if possible) to offset the links not working
It would be helpful if there were some pictures or graphs to get across some points, especially in trying to understand the complex material such as muscle fibers. The majority of the terminology used is appropriate for the target audience.
The selection of topics/chapter are appropriate and common for a introductory wellness course. Concepts within the chapters are appropriate and preferred such as the dimensions of wellness and the transtheoretical model of change. I also. read more
Almost all the information is very up to date. The risk factors section and PAR-Q information in the Fitness Principles chapter does need to be updated to reflect new ACSM guidelines, but these were just released in 2018. This could easily be changed in a matter if minutes. Not sure why waist circumference is not included in the book composition section. This could be added also.