Functional Movement Development Across the Life Span / Edition 3

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Providing a solid foundation in the normal development of functional movement, Functional Movement Development Across the Life Span, 3rd Edition helps you recognize and understand movement disorders and effectively manage patients with abnormal motor function. It begins with coverage of basic theory, motor development and motor control, and evaluation of function, then discusses the body systems contributing to functional movement, and defines functional movement outcomes in terms of age, vital functions, posture and balance, locomotion, prehension, and health and illness. This edition includes more clinical examples and applications, and updates data relating to typical performance on standardized tests of balance. Written by physical therapy experts Donna J. Cech and Suzanne "Tink" Martin, this book provides evidence-based information and tools you need to understand functional movement and manage patients' functional skills throughout the life span.

Over 200 illustrations, tables, and special features clarify developmental concepts, address clinical implications, and summarize key points relating to clinical practice.
A focus on evidence-based information covers development changes across the life span and how they impact function.
A logical, easy-to-read format includes 15 chapters organized into three units covering basics, body systems, and age-related functional outcomes respectively.

Expanded integration of ICF (International Classification of Function) aligns learning and critical thinking with current health care models.

Additional clinical examples help you apply developmental information to clinical practice.

Expanded content on assessment of function now includes discussion of participation level standardized assessments and assessments of quality-of-life scales.

More concise information on the normal anatomy and physiology of each body system allows a sharper focus on development changes across the lifespan and how they impact function.

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Reviewer: Amy S. Both, MHS, PT (Medical College of Ohio School of Allied Health)
Description: This is a well-written new book on the life span perspective of motor development and functional movement outcomes. The authors integrate current theories related to functional motor skill development with the maturation of the body systems that contribute to function.
Purpose: The purpose is to present the relationship of structure and function to the development of movement skills across the entire life span. The authors focus primarily on the physical function domain and synthesize information to illustrate how physical changes over time and the role of multiple body systems contribute to function and movement efficiency. The book also promotes health and fitness for realizing efficient, optimal movement and independence.
Audience: Faculty members can either use the text when presenting a systems approach of motor development or coordinate the use of the text in courses organized by age group. Although targeted for undergraduate students in physical therapy and occupational therapy, the book will also be useful to practitioners who treat pediatric and geriatric patients with functional movement limitations.
Features: The book includes numerous drawings, charts, and tables that help to clarify concepts of development and function. Chapter objectives and summaries are incorporated into the text to enhance comprehension. The references are relevant and up-to-date.
Assessment: This is a very useful book for students and practitioners in physical therapy and occupational therapy. It brings together current theoretical concepts of functional movement development with the developmental expectations for each era of the life span. This book will assist practitioners to incorporate the life span approach into the evaluation and treatment of individuals with movement problems.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416049784
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 9/5/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 374
  • Sales rank: 880,793
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit 1: Definition of functional movement
1. Functional independence: a lifelong goal
2. Theories affecting development
3. Motor development and motor control
4. Motor learning and motor control
5. Evaluation of function
Unit 2: Body systems contributing to functional movement
6. Skeletal system changes
7. Muscle system changes
8. Cardiovascular and pulmonary system changes
9. Nervous system changes
10. Sensory system changes
Unit 3: Functional movement outcomes
11. Vital functions
12. Posture and balance
13. Locomotion
14. Prehension
15. Health and fitness

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