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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jeffrey B. Noftz II, PT (Medical College of Ohio School of Allied Health)
Description: This is a much needed new book discussing concepts, research, and guidelines for functional exercise progressions that are designed to ultimately return athletes to specific sporting events.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide scientific, research-based rationales for functional exercise training and progression. It assists in bridging the gap between clinical goal completion and return to sport participation. This book provides models for exercise progressions for injured athletes in the context of their individual sport. There are few books that provide information on functional exercise and progression. This book is a timely and significant contribution to this area of rehabilitation.
Audience: Although targeted especially for orthopedic physical therapists and athletic trainers, this book would be equally useful to team physicians, strength and conditioning coaches, or any person required to develop or oversee reconditioning of the injured athlete. The authors are well qualified to provide information to health professionals at every level.
Features: This book incorporates black-and-white photographs to illustrate exercise techniques and support their application. Tables and figures are used to illustrate technical concepts as well. The references are current and more than adequate in number to support the messages presented. The glossary is particularly useful as a quick reference to unfamiliar terms.
Assessment: This book is a valuable tool for anyone required to assist in the rehabilitation of the injured athlete. It combines research-based rationales to support functional training progressions. Because it offers sports-specific exercise progressions, the information is immediately applicable. Because the concepts can be generalized across a variety of sports, the information can be built upon by the reader. The book helps to fill the need for more functionally oriented exercise texts in the rehabilitation setting.