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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Daniel J. Cipriani, MEd, PT (Medical College of Ohio School of Allied Health)
Description: This textbook examines the role of the physical therapy professional in the areas of movement and function. The primary focus is on assessment strategies and an introduction to rehabilitation tools. The text is divided into the areas of movement science, specific regional topics (lower extremities, spine, upper extremities), and special populations.
Purpose: This text attempts to examine the underlying principles of movement and of measuring function. It presents treatment and assessment strategies, focusing on the special populations of athletes, older individuals, and dancers.
Audience: According to the authors, this text is especially directed at physical therapy professionals, including PTs, PTAs and students. However, athletic trainers and others involved in sports medicine and movement sciences will also find this text to be a useful addition to their libraries.
Features: The multiple contributors to this text use black-and-white photos and illustrations to supplement the text. Tables and graphs are presented throughout to further illustrate the research devoted to movement and measurement of improvement. Each chapter is fully supported by an extensive, up-to-date bibliography. Finally, this text provides useful descriptions of common functional evaluation tools and basic rehabilitation strategies.
Assessment: This will serve as an excellent reference for those interested in the areas of human movement, measurement tools of human movement, and basic rehabilitation strategies. The table of contents is rather vague, and the text could be improved with a brief preface describing the content of each chapter, to assist the reader. However, all nine chapters are thorough and extremely well referenced. The appendix of functional outcomes is especially appropriate in terms of reimbursement issues related to the appropriateness of rehabilitation strategies.