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Physical Activity Effects on the Anthropological Status of Children, Youth and Adults
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Editors: Fadilj Eminović and Milivoj Dopsaj (Faculty for Special Education and Rehabilitation, University of Belgrade, Serbia, and others)
Book Description:
In the last decade, a dramatic increase in overweight individuals and obesity has been reported in both developed and underdeveloped countries. Noncommunicable diseases, as well as type 2 diabetes and obesity are one of the most common causes of long-term disability, especially cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is still the leading cause of death in the industrialized world. Accumulating evidence over the last 50 years indicates that exercise may postpone or counteract, at least partially, the debilitating consequences of CVD and prevent complications provoked by the inactive state.

Today, we can conclude that lack of physical activity or lack of a physically active lifestyle is clearly an overall high health risk.
Societal indicators of reductions in human energy expenditure and increases in sedentary behavior during the past several decades are particularly striking. By the year 2000, the human race reached a sort of historical landmark; for the first time in human evolution, the number of adults with excess weight surpassed the number of those who were underweight. Excess adiposity/body weight is now widely recognized as one of today’s leading health threats. Although obesity during childhood is indicated as a complex disorder, the prevalence of overweight and obese children is continually growing globally. This has become a concern to public health, as overweight and obesity during childhood tracks into adulthood and is associated with short- and long-term adverse health outcomes.

A number of research articles in this monograph provide interesting and innovating practical suggestions, applications, and directions for some future research. The researched phenomena include: the first physical movements of life recognized as fetal movements and a mother’s physiological states; potential differences in cardiovascular fitness between schoolchildren from urban and rural areas, with respect to their age and gender; evidence for the 5-year regular sport exercise effect of on muscle contractile properties in children; trend changes of physical abilities of school children; the effects of linear and change-of-direction speed training methods on the sprint performance of young adults; the relationship between sports experience and performance scores on a health-related physical fitness test among female university freshmen; the application of sports activities that improve the level of upper extremity motor abilities in people with spinal cord injuries; theoretical frameworks supporting learning-inclusive environment details; basic approaches for the inclusion of people with disabilities in community recreation programs; the relation between health and fitness characteristics by Special Olympic athletes competing as cross-country skiers; the relations between physical activity and/or physical exercise and body composition characteristics in the working-age population of both genders; evidence- based information about the effects of sedentary behavior on physiological function in humans; new facts resulting from numerous clinical and epidemiological studies about the effects of physical activity, and reducing the risk of breast and prostate cancer; and information about the connection between physical activity and cognition across the human life span. Finally, the last chapter examines the opinion of the elderly about the impact of physical activity in some segments concerning the quality of life of people living in the Third Age. (Imprint: Nova)


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Table of Contents:
Preface
pp.vii

Chapter 1
The First Physical Movements of Life: Fetal Movements, the Mother's Psychological States and Wellbeing of Future Child
(Carlo Lai, Gaia Romana Pellicano, Navkiran Kalsi, Giuseppe Massaro, Clelia Giulia Turetta, Daniela Altavilla, Department of Dynamic and Clinical Psychology, Sapienza, University of Rome, Italy)
pp.1-16

Chapter 2
Potential Urban–Rural Differences in Cardiorespiratory Fitness and BMI in Serbian Schoolchildren
(Ivana Milanović, Olivera M. Knezevic, Miloš M. Marković, Slađana R. Rakić, Snežana Radisavljević Janić, Dragan M. Mirkov, University of Belgrade, Faculty of sport and Physical Education, Belgrade, Serbia)
pp.17-40

Chapter 3
The Effect of Regular Sport Exercise on Muscle Contractile Properties in Children
(Tadeja Volmut, Rado Pišot and Boštjan Šimunič, University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre, Koper, Slovenia)
pp.41-54

Chapter 4
Trend Changes in Physical Fitness in Children of Elementary School Age ­ Transversal Model
(Jelena Ivanović and Aco Gajević, Serbian Institute for Sport and Sports Medicine, Belgrade, Serbia)
pp.55-70

Chapter 5
The Effects of Linear and Change-of-Direction Speed Training on the Sprint Performance of Young Adults
(Robert Lockie, California State University, Department of Kinesiology, Northridge, CA, USA)
pp.71-116

Chapter 6
Relationship Between Physical Fitness Characteristics and Sports Experience in Childhood and Adolescence Among Japanese Female University Students
(Itaru Enomoto, Kamakura Women’s University, Kanagawa, Japan)
pp.117-128

Chapter 7
Effects of Applied Physical Exercise on the Motor Abilities of People with Spinal Cord Injury
(Fadilj Eminović and Dragana Kljajić, Faculty for Special Education and Rehabilitation, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, and others)
pp.129-160

Chapter 8
Designing Universal and Adapted Learning Environments for Inclusive Physical Education and Sport Practice
(Yeshayahu Hutzler, Academic College at Wingate Institute, Netanya Israel and the Israel Sport Center for trhe Disabled, Ramat-Gan, Israel)
pp.161-174

Chapter 9
Recreational Activities in Integrated Settings for People with Disabilities
(Keith Storey, Graduate School of Education, Touro University, Vallejo, CA, USA)
pp.175-194

Chapter 10
Effect of Special Olympics Program on Cross-Country Skiers: Aspects of Health Related Variables
(Hana Válková, Faculty of Sport Studies, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic)
pp.195-216

Chapter 11
Effects of Different Physical Exercise Levels on the Body Structure in Adults of Both Gender
(Milivoj Dopsaj, Marina Đorđević-Nikić and Miloš Maksimović, University of Belgrade, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Belgrade, Serbia, and others)
pp.217-236

Chapter 12
The Effects of Sedentary Behavior on Physiological Function
(Bryan P. McCormick, School of Public Health-Bloomington, Indiana University, USA)
pp.237-246

Chapter 13
The Role of Exercise in Preventing and Treating HIV Infection and Cancer
(Nevena Veljković, Sanja Glisić, Branislava Gemović and Veljko Veljković, Center for Multidisciplinary Research, University of Belgrade, Institute of Nuclear Sciences VINCA, Serbia)
pp.247-256

Chapter 14
Physical Activity and Cognition Across the Life Span
(Dragan Pavlović, Faculty for special education and rehabilitation, University of Belgrade, Belgrade, Serbia, and others)
pp.257-280

Chapter 15
Physical Activity and Quality of Life of Older Adults
(Evdokia Samouilidu, Sanela Pacić, Radmila Nikić and Fadilj Eminović, Ministry of Education and Culture, Athens, Greece, and others)
pp.281-212

Editors' Contact Information
pp.313

Index
pp.315

   Series:
      Physical Fitness, Diet and Exercise
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2016 - 2nd Quarter
   Pages: 7x10 - (NBC-C)
   ISBN: 978-1-63484-782-7
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