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TitleExercise and Sporting Activity During Pregnancy [electronic resource] : Evidence-Based Guidelines / edited by Rita Santos-Rocha
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Springer, 2019
Edition 1st ed. 2019
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Descript XVII, 345 p. 87 illus., 76 illus. in color. online resource


This clinically and practice oriented, multidisciplinary book is intended to fill the gap between evidence-based knowledge on the benefits of physical activity and exercise during pregnancy and the implementation of exercise programmes and related health promotion measures in pregnant women. It will provide medical, sports, and fitness professionals both with the knowledge needed to allay undue fears regarding the consequences of exercising during pregnancy and with the practical expertise to offer optimal guidance on exercising to pregnant exercisers and athletes. Readers will find up-to-date evidence on the psychological, social, physiological, body composition, musculoskeletal, and biomechanical changes that occur during pregnancy and their implications for physical activity and exercise. Detailed descriptions are provided of the components of exercise testing and prescription for pregnant women, the current evidence-based and practice-oriented guidelines, and exercise selection and adaptation during pregnancy. Exercises specifically targeting musculoskeletal health are discussed separately, and a concluding chapter explains the nutritional requirements in pregnant women who exercise


1 Physical activity, exercise and health promotion for the pregnant exerciser and the pregnant athlete -- 2 Psychological, social and behavioural changes during pregnancy: implications for physical activity and exercise -- 3 Physiological changes during pregnancy. Main adaptations and discomforts and implications for physical activity and exercise -- 4 Musculoskeletal and biomechanical changes. Main adaptations and discomforts, and implications for physical activity and exercise -- 5 Body composition changes during pregnancy and effects of physical exercise -- 6 Physical activity and exercise testing and prescription for pregnant women -- 7 Evidence-based and practice-oriented guidelines for exercising during pregnancy -- 8 Exercise selection and adaptations to pregnancy -- 9 Therapeutic exercise regarding musculoskeletal health of the pregnant exerciser and athlete -- 10 Nutritional requirements for the pregnant exerciser and athlete

Sports medicine Obstetrics Medicine Physiotherapy Rehabilitation Sports Medicine. Obstetrics/Perinatology/Midwifery. Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. Physiotherapy. Rehabilitation.


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