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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Ben Kivlan, MPT (North Hills Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy)
Description: "This concise book covers concepts, mechanics, efficacy, and clinical application of closed chain exercise using pictures, graphs, charts and a comprehensive reference list to support the information. "
Purpose: "The purpose is to provide a scientifically based reference to support the clinical application of closed chain exercise. Due to the controversy that has surrounded this topic, it is a worthy objective. The authors meet their objective by providing the reader access to the current literature regarding closed chain exercise. "
Audience: "The book is written for an orthopedic/sports therapist or sports scientist as a clinical reference for the application of closed chain exercise. The authors are true authorities on this topic as they have made valuable contributions to the scientific literature and are well-respected clinicians in the field of physical therapy. "
Features: "The authors review concepts import to understanding the mechanics and application of closed chain exercise. The book is logically organized and well depicted with easy to understand charts, graphs, and illustrations that strengthen concepts. Pictures of creative applications of closed chain exercises are helpful in demonstrating proper execution of exercises. Although the content favors closed chain exercises for the lower extremity, there are chapters devoted to the upper extremity as well. "
Assessment: This is an excellent reference on a traditionally controversial topic. Its strength certainly lies in the authors' ability to assimilate the current research that both supports and disputes the efficacy of closed chain exercise. Although the title may suggest a bias to support closed chain over open chain exercise, the authors are objective and current in their review of the literature. The book is concise but thorough. It makes for an excellent resource for the orthopedic/sports therapist to review principles and clinical application of closed chain upper and lower extremity exercise and it provides a strong starting point in researching the scientific basis for closed chain exercise.