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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Dan M. Somogyi, MD (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)
Description: This very important, comprehensive text provides a logical, clear approach to rehabilitation of the injured athlete.
Purpose: The editors wish to provide a uniform approach for evaluation of injuries and rehabilitation of injuries to restore function and allow the athlete to return to his or her sport. Such goals are extremely important, given the variety of treatment options available for the practitioner. The framework of the book is consistent throughout and certainly meets the objectives.
Audience: This book will be valuable not only for sports medicine specialists, but for all individuals evaluating and treating active individuals, such as primary care physicians, orthopedists, physiatrists, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, athletic trainers, and physical therapists. The editors and contributors have published extensively in this field, and are individuals who deal with athletes of all levels on a regular basis.
Features: This book starts with a practical approach to understanding rehabilitation followed by a run-through of the various "tools" the practitioner can utilize. Finally, each joint is specifically discussed. With each entity, the mechanism of injury and tissue complex are defined clearly, and treatment discussions are provided. Some scientific evidence for the effectiveness of the treatment approaches are incorporated. Terms are well-defined, anatomy and pathophysiology of injury is reviewed, and scientific approaches to rehabilitation are discussed. Sample protocols are included.
Assessment: This outstanding first edition discusses various concepts related to rehabilitation of the injured athlete. Its approach is consistently clear and logical, and scientifically sound. This important text should be part of any library for individuals both in sports medicine training or practice.