The flagship title from the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine, this critical handbook delivers scientifically based, evidence-informed standards to prepare you for success.

Providing succinct summaries of recommended procedures for exercise testing and exercise prescription in healthy and diseased patients, this trusted manual is an essential resource for all exercise professionals, as well as other health professionals who may counsel patients on exercise including physicians, nurses, physician’s assistants, physical and occupational therapists, dieticians, and health care administrators. The extensively updated eleventh edition has been reorganized for greater clarity and integrates the latest Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans.

  • UPDATED! Integrated guidelines, including the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, reflect the most current, clinically sound approaches to exercise testing and prescription.
  • NEW! Chapter on conditions that affect the brain familiarizes students with specific strategies for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, depression and anxiety.
  • UPDATED! Enhanced organization helps students find information quickly and easily.
  • FITT (Frequency, Intensity, Time, Type) boxes make locating critical exercise prescription information quick and easy.
  • Revised appendices integrate valuable information on ECGs, medication and emergency management where it is most relevant. A new appendix on metabolic equations is included.
  • Additional boxes, tables, and figures highlight important concepts and approaches at a glance.
  • eBook available for purchase. Fast, smart, and convenient, today’s eBooks can transform learning. These interactive, fully searchable tools offer 24/7 access on multiple devices, the ability to highlight and share notes, and more.

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Reflecting five decades of excellence as well as the latest clinical innovations, the eleventh edition of this flagship resource from the American College of Sports Medicine delivers up-to-date, scientifically based standards on exercise testing and prescription to prepare students for success in clinical practice.

Explore what Senior Editor Dr. Gary Liguori has to say about this new edition:

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I am honored to be the senior editor for the eleventh edition of ACSM’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription. I’d like to take a moment to tell you about some of the more significant changes we have made in this new edition of our flagship title.

As with every new edition, the editors and contributors for the 11th edition integrated the most up-to-date recommendations available from ACSM position stands and other relevant professional organizations’ scientific statements, thereby making Guidelines the most current, primary resource for exercise testing and prescription. Several chapters include specific updates based on the recommendations in the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, and almost all health conditions covered within the different chapters now include information about high intensity interval training, or HIIT. An exciting new chapter was added on conditions that affect the brain, chapter 11, and chapters 2 and 3 from the previous edition were merged into one chapter titled Preexercise Evaluation, chapter 5 includes updates on recent evidence on flexibility, balance, and power, chapters 8 and 9 include information on metabolic and cardiovascular disease, and we also made significant changes to the appendices.

As a whole we strove to streamline the information included in the condition chapters and sort where those recommendations were covered in the text. I am extremely proud of the work that our team has put into this new edition and believe the updates will be exceedingly useful to students, instructors, and practitioners in every stage of their career. We hope you find them as useful as we do.

Dr. Gary Liguori
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