Handbook of Sports Medicine: A Symptom-Oriented Approach

Handbook of Sports Medicine: A Symptom-Oriented Approach

by Wade A. Lillegard, Karen S. Rucker

A comprehensive clinical reference that addresses medical problems and injuries in a systematic manner, including initial assessment, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation.


A comprehensive clinical reference that addresses medical problems and injuries in a systematic manner, including initial assessment, evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation.

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Reviewer: Margot Putukian, MD, FACSM (Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)
Description: This book presents a problem-oriented approach to sports medicine. It is fairly comprehensive and covers both medical and musculoskeletal problems faced by the team physician who takes care of sport-related problems.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reference that addresses both injuries and medical problems in a systematic manner, including initial assessment, evaluation, and treatment. The objectives stated in the preface are worthy, and they are met.
Audience: According to the editors, this book is written for sports medicine specialists, with the primary care provider as the second audience. The editors are certainly credible in the field of primary care sports medicine.
Features: Various aspects of sports medicine, including orthopedic problems (injuries, possible surgery), medical problems (such as the pre-participation exam), and others are discussed. The best feature is the problem-oriented approach. A shortcoming is the lack of detail in some chapters.
Assessment: This book provides a useful resource for the primary care physician interested in sports medicine. It offers full coverage of various topics important to anyone serving as a team physician. It is useful to both the primary care as well as the orthopedic physician in this regard. In some chapters, there is not enough detail for the experienced sports medicine physician looking for a resource for care of specific problems.
3 Stars from Doody
Normandi Omar
This handbook is an overview of sports medicine. It is divided into three sections: general considerations, medical problems, and injuries. Chapters generally describe the evaluation, assessment, and treatment of problems and injuries. Included are numerous tables, algorithms, diagrams, and some illustrations. The book is intended to serve as a reference for the assessment and treatment of a broad spectrum of medical problems and injuries in sports medicine. It is aimed at the "frontline primary care provider and nonspecialists." The authors are mainly primary care physicians, mostly from an army medical center, but orthopedic, rehabilitation medicine, dermatology, obstetrics/gynecology, plastic surgery, general surgery, and endocrinology specialists have contributed to this book as well. Although the intended audience is the primary care physician, the chapters on injuries do not cover the topics with adequate depth to be of use in the management of clinical cases. Many eponyms and abbreviations are used without full explanation. The illustrations, anatomic diagrams, radiographs, and tables are all in black-and-white and are clear and good. Many algorithms were included for the purpose of arriving at a diagnosis in a systematic manner. However, most are not true algorithms, but mere listings of differential diagnoses. It would have been more beneficial to include more illustrations of examination and treatment techniques and true algorithms. The book fulfills many of its objectives in the sections of general considerations and medical problems and is very useful as a reference source in these areas. However, it falls short of being a complete reference for the diagnosis andtreatment of injuries and problems. Many important areas are omitted, such as water sports, diving, high altitude sports, and special considerations for the handicapped athlete. Frequently, anatomic injuries are described with the assumption that the reader is knowledgeable of the mechanisms of injury and presenting symptoms. Too often, generalizations are made regarding treatment, e.g., "avoidance of positions that increase pubic symphysis dysfunction" without further explanation.
Published under Butterworth-Heinemann's Andover Medical imprint, this practical clinical reference provides comprehensive coverage of injuries and illnesses seen in sports medicine practice. Organized by presenting symptom or complaint, it presents logical guidelines for diagnosis (decision trees), up-to-date treatment algorithms, and clear functional anatomic illustrations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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