A History of Health & Fitness: Implications for Policy Today

  • Roy J. Shephard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  10. Back Matter
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About this book


This book provides a unique and succinct account of the history of health and fitness, responding to the growing recognition of physicians, policy makers and the general public that exercise is the most potent form of medicine available to humankind. Individual chapters present information extending from the earliest reaches of human history to the present day, arranged in the form of 30 thematic essays covering topics from the supposed idyll of the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and its posited health benefits to the evolution of health professionals and the possible contribution of the Olympic movement to health and fitness in our current society. Learning objectives are set for each topic, and although technical language is avoided as far as possible, a thorough glossary explains any specialized terms that are introduced in each chapter. The critical thinking of the reader is stimulated by a range of questions arising from the text context, and each chapter concludes with a brief discussion of some of the more important implications for public policies on health and fitness today and into the future. The material will be of particular interest to graduate and undergraduate students in public health, health promotion, health policy, kinesiology, physical education, but will be of interest also to many studying medicine, history and sociology.


Exercise is medicine History of health and fitness Growth of medical knowledge Contribution of sports to health Models for teaching physical education Quackery in health and medicine Challenges to health and fitness Health and fitness in industry Health science education Feminine touch in health History of sport Hunter-gatherer lifestyle Fitness today Patterns of physical activity

Authors and affiliations

  • Roy J. Shephard
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  1. 1.Faculty of Kinesiology & Physical EducationUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-65096-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-65097-5
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