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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Hughes, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: This reference for athletic trainers covers the necessary basic evaluation techniques to examine the injured athlete both on and off the field. The previous edition was published in 1996.
Purpose: The authors' purpose for the second edition was two-fold: to update the first edition with the most current and comprehensive information in sports medicine and to present the information in a user-friendly manner. These are worthy objectives and the authors appear to have met both in an successful manner.
Audience: This book is written primarily for the athletic training student and practicing athletic trainer. The examples and focus of the text from a topical standpoint are specific to issues dealing with athletic training (i.e., eye injuries, environmmental injuries, etc.) and on-field evaluation of specific injuries. However, much of the material would also be pertinent for the physical therapist treating athletic injuries in the outpatient setting. The author has written several other athletic training books and is academic program director in athletic training at a major university.
Features: A total of 21chapters cover a number of key areas for the athletic trainer. The first three chapters educate the reader on the injury evaluation process and nomenclature common to injuries as well as postural assessment methods. Regional coverage of major areas of the body are then covered over the next 15 chapters. Thereafter, the focus is on specific topics in the areas of environmental injury, cardiopulmonary conditions, and general medical conditions (cancer, viral syndromes, skin conditions, and endocrine disorders). For each region of the body the authors consistently organize the chapter material based on clinical anatomy, clinical evaluation, pathologies and special tests, on field evaluation techniques, and initial management of injury. Unique features of the book include a comprehensive glossary, three appendixes covering reflex testing, assessment of muscle length and functional testing of the lower extremity. In addition numerous highlight boxes discuss evaluative findings that accompany select injuries such as patellar tendon rupture, facet joint dysfunction, and glenohumeral instability.
Assessment: The book is very well done. I would rate it as one of the best books on sports medicine and athletic training evaluation. I highly recommend it to the athletic training student and practicing athletic trainer.