Book announcement | Physical Activity: A Multi-disciplinary Introduction, by Nick Draper & Gareth Stratton (eds.)

Physical activity and its relationship to health is one of the great issues of our age. The causes of, and solutions to, physical inactivity are complex and multi-dimensional, and therefore the subject needs to be studied and understood from a variety of perspectives. This is the first textbook to provide a truly multi-disciplinary introduction to physical activity studies.

Offering a complete foundation to the subject, it covers the basics of every core discipline from biochemistry, public health and biomechanics to physiology, sport psychology and sociology. It introduces a full range of topics across the physical activity curriculum, including behaviour change, motor skill development, nutrition, exercise prescription, public health policy, and physical education, providing a well-balanced and international perspective on each important issue. There is also a strong emphasis throughout the book on the practical, applied dimensions of physical activity, including innovative approaches to promotion and intervention tailored to every age range and environment.

Physical Activity: A Multi-disciplinary Introduction is an indispensable companion to any course or degree programme with an emphasis on physical activity and health. A variety of exclusive eResources to aid teaching and learning are also available via the Routledge website.


  • Nick Draper is Professor of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. His teaching is in the area of exercise physiology and he is Programme Director for the Master of Sport Science programme. His research interests focus on psychophysiology in relation to rock climbing, rugby performance and physical activity. He is Chair of SESNZ, the national organisation for Sport and Exercise Science in New Zealand, and a founder member of the International Rock Climbing Research Association.
  • Gareth Stratton is Head of the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences and Director of the Applied Sports, Technology, Exercise and Medicine (A-STEM) Research Centre at Swansea University, UK. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia. Professor Stratton began his career as a physical education teacher. This led him to his main areas of academic interest: children, maturation and physical activity, and physical activity, fitness and health. He has been involved in physical activity measurement studies for nearly 30 years and he continues his interest in the development of novel sensor technologies to detect and stimulate changes in physical activity and sedentary behaviour.

Table of Content

Part I: Foundations in physical activity

      1. Physical activity: a multi-disciplinary introduction
        Nick Draper and Gareth Stratton
      2. Foundations in the science of physical activity
        Helen Marshall and Louise Sheppard
      3. Historical aspects of physical activity
        David Broom
      4. Physical inactivity and ill health
        Duck-Chul Lee and Laura Ellingson
      5. Physical activity and health
        Ian Lahart, George Metsios and Chris Kite
      6. Measuring physical activity behaviours and outcomes in children and adults
        Stuart J. Fairclough, Robert J. Noonan and Whitney B. Curry
      7. Physical activity prescription
        Michael J. Hamlin

Part II: Sport science disciplines and physical activity

      1. Growth and development and physical activity
        Lynne Boddy and Gareth Stratton
      2. Motor skill development and physical activity
        Jenny Clarke
      3. Exercise physiology and physical activity
        Michael J. Duncan
      4. Paediatric physical activity and aerobic fitness
        Neil Armstrong
      5. Nutrition and physical activity
        Daniel Bailey, Julia Zakrzewski-Fruer and Faye Powell
      6. Biochemistry and physical activity
        Angus Lindsay and Chris Chamberlain
      7. Psychology and physical activity
        Brad H. Miles
      8. Neurophysiology and physical activity
        Michael Grey, Simon Franklin and Nick Kitchen
      9. Biomechanics and physical activity
        Neil D. Reeves and Steven J. Brown
      10. Sociology and physical activity
        Ross Neville

Part III Applied physical activity

      1. Physical activity in natural environments
        Carly Wood, Miles Richardson and Jo Barton
      2. Urban physical activity
        Brad Harasymchuk and Chris North
      3. School Gym and physical activity
        Dylan Blain and Mark Bellamy
      4. Physical activity promotion strategies
        Clover Maitland and Michael Rosenberg
      5. School physical education and physical activity
        Gareth Stratton and Nick Draper
      6. Physical activity and older adults
        Gladys Onambele-Pearson, Declan Ryan, David Tomlinson and Jorgen Wullems
      7. Public health policy and physical activity
        Justin Varney, Michael Brannan and Kevin Fenton
      8. Improving policy to promote physical activity: getting to grips with health inequalities
        Tess Kay
      9. International perspectives on physical activity
        Adrian Bauman
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