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Section 2: Conditions: Introduction

The following section contains information about prescribing exercise for clients with specific medical conditions. Each chapter includes information about the pathophysiology of the condition and how the condition results in an endurance impairment or limits the clients' physical activities. The chapter then provides key information for examining the clients and how to take baseline measurements of fitness levels. An outline of recommended exercise parameters and specific information for how exercise should progress for these clients completes each chapter. This information assumes the reader has some background in assessing fitness levels and has some experience in prescribing appropriate exercise parameters. Finally, a short list of references demonstrates the best evidence for exercise prescriptions for that particular condition and provides readily available resources of in-depth information about these exercise prescriptions. References listed represent only a small portion of the available literature; we attempted to condense and summarize the best evidence for each condition.

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