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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Craig S Nadelson, BS, DO (Indiana University School of Medicine)
Description: This book continues to be a comprehensive source of information on the topic of rehabilitating injuries, as well as rehabilitation protocols, and is a helpful guide to the perspectives of the other members of the healthcare team, especially physical therapists and athletic trainers. This update contains highlighted objectives at the beginning, and a summary of key points at the end of each chapter, as well as numbered "clinical pearls" throughout the chapter. The previous edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reference for clinicians as well as a textbook for students in the area of athletic rehabilitation. Protocols for rehabilitation of specific areas of injury are presented as parameters to help guide the clinician in tailoring more specific rehabilitation programs that will meet the individual needs of a particular athlete or person. The book aims to support its information with references to evidence-based medicine as often as possible, and calls upon contributors who are deemed "experts in the field of athletic rehabilitation." The book serves its intended purposes well. The author's overall objectives, as well as the objectives set forth in each chapter are met and often exceeded.
Audience: The primary audience are practicing clinicians, and especially those whose area of concentration is in the area of sports medicine. I would add that it would also be useful for residents in an area of primary care or orthopedics and could stand alone as the sole rehabilitation resource in their library. It would be a good general source of information for athletic trainers and physical therapists as well, in conjunction with other educational resources. The authors are recognized authorities in the area of athlete rehabilitation, and the team of a physician, an athletic trainer, and a physical therapist is a well-rounded one.
Features: Topics addressed include the physiology and biomechanics of rehab, methods of measurement and testing, application of modalities, plyometrics, rehab specific to females, and rehab specific to cervical spine, low back, shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hamstring, quadriceps, groin, knee, leg, ankle and foot. The material is presented in a well thought out and logical sequence. The objectives at the beginning of the chapters serve as a useful guide for focus. Numbered clinical pearls do an excellent job of bringing to attention particularly useful but simple concepts and points. The summaries at the end of each chapter are a good way to refresh your memory of important concepts at a later date. I also was impressed at the number of evidence-based references scattered throughout the book supporting the information, and this is the most outstanding update to this edition. Also of note are appendixes that address upper extremity plyometrics, throwers' exercise program, and interval rehabilitation. The tables and charts are clear and concise, and pictures are used appropriately. It would appear that making this third edition a very complete reference was a top priority, and I do not see any major shortcomings to its content.
Assessment: This is a complete and well presented reference for rehabilitation of athletes, and is also useful for musculoskeletal rehabilitation in any population. It will serve as a strong foundation to guide clinicians in assembling rehabilitation programs individually tailored to a specific patient. The advantages of the updated version include clearer objectives, summaries, and helpful clinical pearls, as well as the inclusion of new chapters covering rehabilitation specific to females, and plyometrics.