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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Michael G White, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a follow-up of Pediatric Sports Medicine for the Practitioner published in 1983. It is a very timely, if somewhat overdue, update reviewing and presenting the implications of the huge body of literature generated since the first publication. This book takes a broad approach to exercise physiology in both healthy normal children and those with specific, disease related concerns.
Purpose: "The main objective of this second edition is, therefore, to further bridge the gap between the exercise scientist and the health practitioner." This is a very worthy goal since very little information regarding this subject is included in the standard pediatric medical literature and most pediatric residency programs devote very little attention to this very important aspect of child development. This book is a comprehensive and readable resource to address this deficiency of most pediatric education.
Audience: The book is clearly directed at those with healthcare training including physicians, physical therapists, exercise physiologists, and other allied healthcare providers interested in advising parents regarding appropriate expectations for training or rehabilitating children. The review on the cover suggests that coaches might also benefit from this book, although most would probably find the reading tedious and overly technical with little straightforward practical advice.
Features: This book takes a broad approach to exercise in children starting with the basic evaluation and testing techniques as applied to specific age groups. This information is then applied to an evaluation of age-appropriate expectations. The implications of these expectations are then reviewed in light of specific disease processes. Finally, an extensive appendix of age-related norms is provided for reference.
Assessment: This is an excellent and worthy successor to the original published over 20 years ago. It should have broad appeal for many different professionals in an area with few other comprehensive resources available.