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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Erik H. Van Iterson, PhD, MS, MBio (University of Minnesota School of Kinesiology)
Description: This excellent update provides scientifically-based evidence for working with populations afflicted with disability or chronic disease. It is particularly mindful of patients with diseases and disabilities healthcare professionals encounter less frequently, and provides both scientific and real-world, problem-solving techniques to handle these populations.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide readers with the skill set and knowledge to apply their understanding of health and fitness principles to populations suffering from abnormal chronic disease and disability. Based on scientifically-based evidence, readers will learn how to appropriately identify, evaluate, prescribe, and supervise exercise and therapy for this unique population.
Audience: The primary audience is healthcare practitioners who specialize in areas of health and fitness. Clinicians who are in physical therapy and rehabilitation settings particularly would find this book both useful and necessary. The most appropriate use of this information would likely be in a clinical hospital setting or rehabilitation center. It is not really meant for fitness professionals who work primarily in a commercial fitness setting.
Features: The book is separated into four main sections, and each section is subdivided into chapters based on specific diseases or disabilities. With its independent chapter design and helpful index, the book is easy for health and fitness professionals to use as a quick reference and informational tool. Thus, it is not necessary for users to read the book from start to finish.
Assessment: This update of a 2002 edition is an excellent resource for any clinicians searching for health and fitness information rooted in up-to-date evidence. Due to its strong focus on abnormal chronic disease and disability, readers already should have a strong understanding of the basic and applied health sciences to properly use this information for work with a specific patient population. The book is not recommended for readers new to the health and fitness field who do not have a strong background in working with special clinical populations.