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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Amy S. Both, MHS, PT (Medical College of Ohio School of Allied Health)
Description: This is a comprehensive, well-written new book on the systems theory of motor control and its relationship to posture, balance, mobility, and upper extremity manipulatory function. The authors integrate current research on motor control and related neuroscience with their recommendations for clinical intervention.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a framework that will enable the clinician to incorporate the systems theory of motor control into a task-oriented approach to clinical assessment and treatment. The book also serves to assist in bridging the gap between theory and practice. Motor control is an important and timely topic that is currently changing clinical practice in physical therapy.
Audience: Although targeted especially for undergraduate and graduate students in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and kinesiology, the book will also be very useful to practitioners who treat patients of all ages with motor control problems.
Features: The book includes numerous drawings, charts, tables, and photographs to illustrate the various aspects of postural control and functional mobility. Active learning modules are incorporated into the text to enhance understanding. Each chapter is summarized and contains voluminous current, relevant references.
Assessment: This is an excellent text for both students and practitioners in physical therapy, occupational therapy, and kinesiology. It brings together theoretic concepts of motor control and practical applications that can be incorporated in the treatment programs of a variety of patients with motor control problems. This book will serve to assist in the future development of effective, new assessment and treatment approaches for patients with motor dyscontrol.