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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Evelyn G. Hall, EdD (College of William and Mary)
Description: This book provides current content to help medical researchers and practitioners address the psychological dynamics of sports injuries. Quality information is available in this book to enhance awareness and to lend support for the emotional needs of injured individuals.
Purpose: From vast experiences in dealing with the psychology of injuries, The author is mindful of the need to provide current information on important topics that medical practitioners have frequently identified as lacking in information. These definitely are important objectives which the contributors to this book have met. The strength of the book is the assembly of several of the world's leading authorities on the psychological aspects of injuries to provide expertise on a wide array of timely topics.
Audience: The author is an experienced authority on the psychology of injuries. Her endeavor to appeal to sports physicians, sports scientists, therapists, and other support personnel surrounding injured athletes is achieved. Also, this book would be very informative for coaches, parents, educators, athletes, or other individuals who are seeking to learn more about these topics.
Features: There are 10 chapters in this book which cover a comprehensive set of topics. Typically, the chapters provide a clear introduction, an overview of current content, and concise summaries. The book is replete with tables and figures to clarify complex issues and concepts. These are helpful and interesting. Informative case studies and sample questionnaires are included in appropriate places to further elucidate the material. The first five chapters deal with such topics as emotional adjustment, assessment of psychosocial factors, the role of sport physicians, the role of sport physiotherapists and therapists, and finally effective coping strategies. The last five chapters deal with issues surrounding compliance/adherence, psychological skills training, the role of social support, successful return to action, and finally, implementing change in the workplace. The case studies are particularly interesting and insightful. Although not essential, additional case studies would be an asset.
Assessment: The author and contributors give us a timely and useful new book. It is an excellent addition to the area dealing with psychology of injuries. It will be a useful resource for sport physicians, sport scientists, team doctors, therapists, and others involved in the support systems surrounding the injured athlete. This book compares very favorably to what is currently available. A strong point is that it includes an outstanding group of authors and covers a wide array of important and timely topics. It is on the cutting edge in terms of providing the most current information available.