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From The CriticsReviewer: Joseph L. Hughes, BS, PTA (Slippery Rock University)
Description: This book covers the basic concepts of kinesiology, including muscle activity and anatomy and physiology, as well as mechanics of movement for each body segment. It is designed to complement Lippert's Clinical Kinesiology for Physical Therapy Assistants (FA Davis Company, 1994) but may be used with other textbooks as well.
Purpose: The authors wish to reinforce the information presented in the lecture portion of this material with this interactive lab manual. They believe students must understand normal function before they can appreciate the abnormal.
Audience: The primary audience is physical therapist assistant students and their instructors.
Features: This book covers the study of muscle activity, anatomy, physiology, and the mechanics of movement for each body segment. It challenges the student to be prepared for lab by way of pre-lab questions. Facilitation of learning, and the application of learned principles, is achieved through clever and practical lab activities. Charts are provided throughout for categorizing information on the origin, insertion, action, and palpation of each muscle presented. Unique features include a section on the neck, trunk, and respiration. Also, helpful sections on posture and gait analysis as well as reproducible drawings of the entire skeleton are provided to be used however the student desires.
Assessment: This is a valuable lab manual that has obviously been tested and refined before it went into print. Through clever lab activities, the authors successfully create an active learning environment which should better facilitate long term retention of the material, as well as further the development of manual skills. Physical therapist assistant students interested in practicing in any setting must possess the knowledge presented by this book. It will also make the lives of lab instructors easier as well as improve the quality and efficiency of laboratory time.