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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Christopher J Hughes, PT, PhD, OCS, CSCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: The title of this book accurately reflects authors' intent to bridge the gap between research findings in motor control and clinical practice. Unique to the third edition are teaching materials found at the companion web site. The authors have also included learning objectives and answer keys at the end of each chapter. The second edition was published in 2001.
Purpose: The main purpose of this third edition is to provide the most current and emerging research findings for best clinical practice. Providing such an update is crucial. Throughout the book, there is strong evidence that the authors have successfully completed this task.
Audience: The format of the book lends itself for use primarily as a classroom text for physical therapy students. The learning objectives, case studies, lab activities, and online materials will assist in teaching this material. In addition, the clinician who needs a quick refresher on the latest research application to clinical practice could also benefit. The authors are well known experts in the field of motor control and rehabilitation.
Features: The first of the four major divisions of the book covers the theoretical framework and provides a fundamental understanding of motor learning, motor control, and recovery of function. Part two details normal and abnormal postural control. Part three addresses mobility functions associated with gait, transfers, and stair walking. Part four discusses normal and abnormal reach, grasp, and manipulation. Each of the four sections ends with a case study that highlights the clinical management of problems specific to that section's topic. One impressive feature of the book is the liberal use of sharp and bold figures and tables. The material is organized well and the book is easy to read.
Assessment: This is a nice update for those clinicians who have read the second edition. However, it is also for anyone who needs a quick update on the latest research in the field of motor control. Books that do a successful job covering research and clinical correlation of such research are difficult to find. The authors of this book are up to the challenge. Clinicians who need to learn and apply the latest techniques in motor control can easily read this book and understand why it is in its third edition. This is an excellent resource.