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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Gianluca Del Rossi, PhD, ATC (University of South Florida College of Medicine)
Description: This book provides the foundation for understanding the biomechanical principles of musculoskeletal injury.
Purpose: The purpose is to examine basic common mechanisms of musculoskeletal injury to better understand injury mechanisms that result in specific lesions to the various tissue structures throughout the body. In addition, the book provides perspectives on injury prevention and treatment strategies that are sure to be of value to the engaged reader.
Audience: The book is written with the entry-level student in mind. In particular, it would serve as a great educational resource for students in fields of study such as kinesiology, biomechanics, biomedical sciences, exercise science, physical education, athletic therapy, athletic training, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and any other field related to health and human performance. In addition, any individual involved in the study or treatment of musculoskeletal injuries could make use of this book and, thus, this comprehensive resource would make a great addition to the reference libraries of researchers and practitioners alike.
Features: After several introductory chapters that offer a review of basic terminology, a historical overview of musculoskeletal injury, and a presentation of the classification, structure, and function of various biological tissues, readers are introduced to relevant biomechanical principles that are key to understanding tissue responses to injurious forces and/or mechanisms. The authors progress from general concepts to specific causal mechanisms that result in injury to the various segments of the extremities, as well as the head, neck, and trunk. Other supplemental features that might be of interest to readers include the incidence rate and risk factors of injuries, as well as injury prevention measures and treatment options for some musculoskeletal lesions. Didactically, the written text is nicely enhanced with many graphic, diagrammatic, and photographic depictions, which will surely be appreciated by students.
Assessment: Unlike other biomechanics and kinesiology books, this one offers a comprehensive overview of the biomechanical basis of musculoskeletal injury that is crucial to the understanding of how and why injuries occur. Such an invaluable resource is a must for anyone interested in human movement and the causal mechanisms of injury.