Essentials of Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant / Edition 1

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The second edition of Essentials of Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant continues to deliver a rich and varied learning experience that is needed to succeed in today’s fast-paced PTA programs. Clear, concise explanations of anatomy and function, full-color illustrations and unique atlas-style chapters make even the most complex concepts easy to master. Plus, a robust lineup of on- and off-line resources, featuring the companion Evolve website, give you all the tools you need to succeed both in the classroom and the clinical setting.

  • Layered learning approach provides a solid background in anatomy and function of the musculoskeletal system and explains why material is relevant to the practice of physical therapy.
  • Clinical relevance helps you master the basics of human motion before moving on to more complex clinical topics.
  • Atlas-style muscle presentations clearly link specific muscles or muscle groups with relevant information.
  • Clinical Insight and Considerations boxes link the concepts of kinesiology with their clinical applications.
  • Summary boxes and tables pull content together into concise, reader-friendly format.
  • Study questions and key terminology serves as a valuable study tool for exam preparation.
  • NEW! Full-color design makes content more vivid.
  • NEW! Expanded clinical content offers a clearer understanding of structure and function.
  • NEW! Video clips and clinical photos provide a clear demonstration of palpation techniques.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Deborah M. King, PTA, CPI (North Hills Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy)
Description: This comprehensive book on the principles of kinesiology for physical therapist assistant (PTA) students as well as practicing clinicians provides detailed outlines, explanations, and an abundance of relevant illustrations in each chapter.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide PTA students with a detailed study of normal and abnormal human movement. The book offers detailed background on anatomy and function as well as treatment options. This book would be a worthwhile addition to any PTA curriculum.
Audience: Written for both PTA students and practicing clinicians, the book would be a relevant reference for PTAs in any rehabilitation setting. As a practicing PTA, I feel that the book offers a thorough review and would recommend it to my colleagues. Both authors have extensive background in physical therapy and are well versed in the study of kinesiology.
Features: An outstanding feature is the detailed first page of each chapter which includes objectives and key terminology. In addition, the "Consider This" and "Clinical Insight" boxes throughout the chapters offer tidbits of information that enable students to apply the information to a particular diagnosis or treatment. The book is exceptionally well illustrated and there is plenty of artwork in every chapter. The clear and concise pictures provide a detailed look at every type of tissue and movement in the human body.
Assessment: This first edition work is an excellent representation of the type of textbooks that should be used in any PTA curriculum. The detail, content, and layout were well thought out and executed. I would have welcomed this book when I was student 14 years ago.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323036160
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 2/25/2008
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. Basic Principles of Kinesiology
  2. Structure and Function of Joints
  3. Structure and Function of Skeletal Muscle
  4. Structure and Function of the Shoulder Complex
  5. Structure and Function of the Elbow and Forearm Complex
  6. Structure and Function of the Wrist
  7. Structure and Function of the Hand
  8. Structure and Function of the Vertebral Column
  9. Structure and Function of the Hip
  10. Structure and Function of the Knee
  11. Structure and Function of the Ankle and Foot
  12. Fundamentals of Human Gait
  13. Kinesiology of Mastication and Ventilation

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