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From The CriticsReviewer: Daniel J. Cipriani, MEd, PT (Medical College of Ohio School of Allied Health)
Description: This textbook is a comprehensive addition to the sports medicine literature. This second edition offers the same thoroughness of the first edition, with expanded information on the topics of stretching, PNF, diagnostics, and taping techniques.
Purpose: The primary purpose is to present comprehensive coverage of the area of sports medicine. It covers topics including physical agents, exercise, diagnosis of injuries, and rehabilitation techniques. It also provides information on sport-specific exercises. Finally, the book provides an illustrated guide to taping techniques.
Audience: The intended audience includes any clinician involved in sports medicine, including athletic trainers, physical therapy professionals, and the primary care physician. The authors also intend the book to be useful for the lay person.
Features: Multiple photographs and illustrations support the information in the text. The addition of increased information regarding stretching and PNF are particularly helpful.
Assessment: This book makes a strong attempt to cover the most pertinent and common information relative to sports physical therapy. Unfortunately, it is lacking in the areas of functional progression and the biomechanics of exercise, particularly in the areas of strength training and specificity of exercise. Many of the rehabilitation ideas are outdated and do not take into account the most recent advances in sports medicine and research. For the individual entering the sports medicine field, the sections on specific injuries will be very helpful. Individuals currently involved in a sports medicine practice may find this text too basic.