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This unique textbook provides a thematic approach to adventure sports physiology based upon applications to specific adventure sports. It covers basic aspects of physiology related to the demands of the activity, training for improving performance, and safety factors. After a brief historical introduction subsequent chapters cover basic physiology and nutrition and then apply these principles to a variety of land and water based sports including kayaking, canoeing, sailing, windsurfing, climbing, mountaineering and skiing. The concluding chapters deal with medical factors including risk assessment for individual participants and activities alike. Each chapterincludes learning objectives, a good range of tests, problems and information about further reading. Adventure Sports Physiology: A Thematic Approach is an invaluable guide for undergraduate students in a number of adventure/outdoor recreation courses and for sports science/physical education students taking electives in this area. The book is also of interest for professionals running outdoor activity centres and all those participating in adventure sports who want to learn about the basics of physiology.