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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vijay Jotwani, MD (Indiana University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a well organized, pocket-sized primary care sports medicine reference. It is divided into joint-specific sections followed by organ-specific clinical topics and concludes with a well-done procedures chapter. This update to the original British version adds chapters on sports psychology and musculoskeletal radiology.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide reliable information for sports medicine providers working with athletes in the office and training room and on the sideline. The book certainly meets its objectives by covering a vast number of topics despite its small size.
Audience: The book is directed at sports medicine providers at multiple levels. As a pocket guide, the level of detail is most appropriate for residents and sports medicine fellows. It would be suitable for any learners' white coat pockets and would be an excellent addition to any sports medicine bag. The authors are well known leaders in the field of sports medicine.
Features: The beginning chapters divide up musculoskeletal injuries by anatomic location. The bullet point format used in most chapters provides a pleasing review of the relevant differential diagnosis. A nice example is the ankle and lower leg chapter, which divides ankle pain into lateral, medial, anterior, and posterior, and then provides a relevant review of the common causes for pain in each location along with pertinent anatomical illustrations. Surgical treatment options are not covered, nor are they in the scope of this book. The organ-specific clinical chapters provide a wealth of information nearing the level of detail in many full-size sports medicine references. I was impressed to find that the female athlete chapter included a full page diagram of the hormonal and uterine changes occurring with the menstrual cycle. The procedure section provides a well done and easy accessible review of common joint injections and excellent photographs showing surface anatomy and location for needle insertion. The radiology chapter is a unique addition to a sports medicine handbook, but it might have been more useful if it contained more images. The six color dermatologic plates in the center of the book are not particularly relevant to sports medicine.
Assessment: This is a well done pocket guide that I will recommend to my medical students, residents, and primary care sports medicine fellows. The range of topics covered nears that of many full-sized sports medicine books and it can be used to help prepare for sports medicine CAQ examinations.