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Feb. 8, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



SRU professor contributes book chapter


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – College students taking exercise science and athletic training courses across the U.S. may soon be using assessment techniques taught by Slippery Rock University’s Jonathan Anning, assistant professor of exercise and rehabilitative sciences, thanks to the inclusion of his work.

            Anning’s work is included in a new National Strength and Condition Association textbook NSCA's Guide to Tests and Assessments.” Published this month, the book offers strength and conditioning professionals a one-stop resource for the best, research-supported fitness and performance measures, Anning said.

            His Chapter, “Aerobic Power,” which was two years in the making, covers a number of assessment tests and tools taught to students and used by professionals.

“The chapter explains how and what test to use in various testing situations and gives the professional specific reasons to use each test so they know they are using the appropriate test with a client,” Anning said.

He said the exercise and rehabilitative science department is dedicated to helping students develop as critical thinkers, which coincides with his effort to teach students how to assess different situations and then draw on their knowledge of the various cardiorespiratory fitness tests to determine which test is appropriate and explain why they made the selection.

            “Of course, practitioners have to assess each situation, and then draw on their knowledge base. For instance, the client’s exercise interests and physical capabilities combined with the quality of the scientific research that corresponds to the specific situation all play a role in making the appropriate cardiorespiratory fitness test selection,” he said.

The chapter outlines more than two dozen cardiorespiratory fitness assessments supported by more than 70 scientific references that the practitioner may select from when testing a client.

Todd Miller served as editor and made use of an authoritative team of contributors, including Anning, to compile the reference tool for practicing professionals. The book serves as an educational resource for students.

Anning said while he teaches the topics covered in his chapter as part of his coursework, he would incorporate other portions of the book in upcoming classes.

The book presents the latest research from respected scientists and practitioners in exercise testing and assessment. The text begins with an introduction to testing, data analysis and formulating conclusions. It then features a chapter-by-chapter presentation of tests and assessments for body composition, heart rate and blood pressure, metabolic rate, aerobic power, lactate threshold, muscular strength, muscular endurance, power, speed and agility, mobility and balance and stability,” NSCA reports.

“Using descriptions of multiple test options for each key fitness component, readers will learn to choose from a range of alternatives to meet the needs of their athletes, reach training objectives, choose from available equipment, and work within budgets.”

            The guide also includes NSCA-approved testing protocols, extensive references to current research and applications for the testing of conditioning components. “Information is presented to help summarize the research so that readers can select the safest and most effective approach for assessing their client,” Anning said.

The book is part of the Science of Strength and Conditioning series that provides guidelines for converting scientific research into practical application. The series was developed with the expertise of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.


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