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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.