The historical and current context for research into health and physical activity

Bird, S and Broom, D 2019, 'The historical and current context for research into health and physical activity' in Stephen R Bird (ed.) Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health, Routledge, London, pp. 6-12.


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Title The historical and current context for research into health and physical activity
Author(s) Bird, S
Broom, D
Year 2019
Title of book Research Methods in Physical Activity and Health
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London
Editor(s) Stephen R Bird
Start page 6
End page 12
Subjects Human Movement and Sports Science not elsewhere classified
Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Summary This chapter builds on some of the health issues presented in chapter 1. It commences with a consideration of some of the early beliefs in the benefits of exercise and then progresses to introduce some of the ground-breaking scientific research that initiated the accumulation of hard evidence in support of the association between physical activity and health. It also introduces the rationale for intervention studies that can determine the health benefits from the participation in exercise, and how these have contributed to the current recommendations by health and medical authorities. It then raises some of the current research questions and the need for ongoing research, as we have yet to identify how best to optimise exercise prescription for each individual and to fully understand how such physical activity interacts with other factors that impact upon health, such as nutrition and sedentary behaviour.
Copyright notice © 2019 selection and editorial matter, Stephen R. Bird; individual chapters, the contributors
Keyword(s) Research
health
Physical activity
ISBN 9781138067677
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