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Doody ReviewsReviewer: Mark D. Grabiner, PhD (Cleveland Clinic Foundation)
Description: By introducing the student to the mechanical factors underlying musculoskeletal injury, this book provides a framework by which injury prevention may be studied.
Purpose: The stated purposes are to "explore the mechanical bases of musculoskeletal injury... to better understand the mechanisms involved in causing the injury, the effect of injury on musculoskeletal tissues, and ... how injury might be prevented." These are worthy objectives that the authors have achieved.
Audience: While the book is directed toward undergraduate students in kinesiology, physical therapy, and athletic training, in my opinion, it may have broader appeal. The authors' authoritative knowledge in this area derives from their combined teaching and research experiences over the past two decades.
Features: The eight chapters are firmly anchored to musculoskeletal injuries. The reader is first introduced to the musculoskeletal tissues, biomechanical concepts necessary to describe injury mechanisms, strength of materials, and biomechanical modeling. This information is then used to describe the acute responses and chronic adaptations of lower and upper extremity, head, neck, and trunk tissues to loading, and a broad range of injuries are discussed. The recommended reading list and a reference list found at the end of each chapter may serve as points of departure for the pursuit of more detailed information on the topics. The text is well-populated with clear illustrations.
Assessment: This is a fresh and welcome addition to the currently available basic biomechanics textbooks. Its unswerving focus on musculoskeletal injury is unique in comparison to a genre of biomechanics textbooks generally leaning toward broader human movement applications. This text should find a spot in personal libraries of those interested in a basic introduction to the topic, those developing and/or teaching a course on musculoskeletal injury, or those teaching a broader course looking for a specialized secondary text.