EXPH 494: Exercise & Chronic Disease

EXPH 494: Exercise & Chronic Disease

Welcome to this Course Guide.

Audience: students in EXPH 494: Exercise & Chronic Disease

Help Available: If you need help, please contact librarians with Ask a Librarian or on the Library Tab in the Portal (phone, email, chat)

How to Use:  Start at the top and view the tabs in order. Then, come back to tabs individually as you work through the research process.

Exercise Physiology Guide

  1. Use books and reference books, web resources, to learn about medical conditions or injuries for your presentation. See the books and web resources tabs.
  2. Search Rehabilitation Reference Center for a clinical review on your medical condition (see the practice resources tab)
  3. Use MESH Terms and the strategies in the Primary research articles tab to find primary research study articles.
  4. Use MESH Terms and the strategies in the Literature review tab to find review articles.
  5. Find ACSM Position Statements on the Web Resources Tab.
  6. Check out our other Help Guides on Literature Searching and Writing With Sources
  7. Reach a librarian for help through Ask a Librarian. Be sure to mention this course in your question.

Search for more books in Primo.

Print Books

Library of Congress Call Numbers
QP 301          Exercise Physiology
RC 1200         Sports medicine

Gordon, N. (1993). Diabetes : your complete exercise guide. RC661.E94 G67 1993

Saxton, J. (Ed.). (2011). Exercise and chronic disease : An evidence-based approach.  RM725 .E947 2011

Gordon, N. (1993). Breathing disorders : your complete exercise guide. RC735.E95 G67 1993  




Hillson, R. (2015). Diabetes care : A practical manual.

For a full list of databases, see the Exercise Physiology guide.

Healthcare Specific

CINAHL Complete (EBSCOhost) indexing for journals, and provides additional nursing and allied health research material including health care books, select conference proceedings, evidence-based care sheets, and quick lesson disease overviews.

Consider adding the Special Interest:

Special interest click Sports Medicine

ClinicalKey (Elsevier) All of Elsevier’s medical and surgical content in one resource, including books, journals, videos, and images.

The Cochrane Library (EBSCOhost) Contains three databases. The Database of Systematic Reviews contains full-text articles, as well as protocols focusing on the effects of healthcare. .

DynaMed Plus (EBSCOhost) clinical reference tool which provides fast, easy access to the latest evidence-based informationDynaMed includes clinically-organized summaries for thousands of topics. Features include: Use of a strict, evidence-based editorial process, One-click access to full-text articles, Practice-changing updates, targeted Medline searching and more.



MEDLINE Complete (EBSCOhost) Pubmed companion of biomedical and health journals. Topics: biomedicine, pre-clinical sciences, behavioral sciences, bioengineering, health policy development, nursing, and life sciences. Content Includes: full-text journals, and MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) for current biomedical journals.

Proquest Health & Medicine Databases Search all of Proquest’s health and medicine databases at the same time.

PubMed (National Library of Medicine) FREE access to over 11 million MEDLINE® citations. Mid-1960’s-present.

PUBMED Basic Search Tutorial

Exercise Specific

Rehabilitation Reference Center (RRC) (EBSCOhost) Evidence-based clinical reference tool for use by rehabilitation clinicians at the point-of-care. Content: Clinical Reviews, research instruments, more than 9,800 exercise images, and guidelines from the National Guidelines Clearinghouse.

1.Click on the Practice Resources tab
2. Click Clinical Reviews Link
3. Search for Medical condition

SPORTDiscus (Please note: This database is limited to 4 users at a time) Covers sports, physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, sports science, physical education, kinesiology, coaching, training, sports administration, officiating, sports law & legislation, college & university sport, disabled persons, facility design & management, intramural & school sport, doping, health, health education, biomechanics, movement science, injury prevention rehabilitation, physical therapy, nutrition, exercise physiology, sport & exercise psychology, recreation, and leisure studies.

Database Tutorials

General Database Tutorials


Tips for Identifying research studies

Advanced Search in Databases

Box 1: exercise OR “physical activity”
Box 2: Mesh term for medical condition
Box 3: research OR study

Advanced search in Cinahl complete database with 3 search boxes

Choose “Exact Major subject heading”, “Mesh term” or “All subject headings” from the drop down for box 2 (depending on database)

Advanced Search in Databases

Box 1: exercise OR “physical activity”
Box 2: Mesh term for medical condition

Advanced search in cinahl complete database with two boxes filled

Choose “Exact Major subject heading”, “Mesh term” or “All subject headings” from the drop down for box 2 (depending on database)

Filter Publication Types

In the advanced search of the database choose one or more of the following (hold down ctrl key to select more than one):

Literature Review
Systematic Review
Cochrane Review


ACSM Position Statements
evidence-based statement on topics of relevance to those in the fields of exercise science and sports medicine.

ACSM’s Resource Library
patient information, professional guidelines, and exam materials

Online Encyclopedia of Physiotherapy

Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Look under the Diseases & Conditions Menu

Overview of Medical conditions and treatments

MedlinePlus Encyclopedia
Covers the basics of medical conditions, medications, and medical tests






*Note: Many of these search tools focus on health research, rather than exercise performance research

Only use these tools if you are not able to find what you need in library databases, Primo, or inside specific journals.


PEDro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database): free database of over 19,000 randomized trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. For each trial, review or guideline, PEDro provides the citation details, the abstract and a link to the full text, where possible.

Trip Database – Clinical Search Engine  Clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice. Registered users (registration is free) benefit from extra features such as CPD, search history, and collaborative tools.

Video Tutorials

Click on the video, then the CC icon for captions.