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From The CriticsReviewer: Karen Basista, PTA (North Hills Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy)
Description: This book provides a wide range of information and lab exercises including basic kinesiology/biomechanics, arthrokinematics, gait analysis, and a unique section dedicated to the healing process. Joints and muscles of the spine and extremities are detailed in individual chapters.
Purpose: The text and lab books are basic instructional tools specifically intended for the physical therapist assistant (PTA) student. The editor's objectives are valid, as there are a limited number of texts available at the PTA level for most subjects. Despite a few organizational shortcomings, the editor provides a valuable learning tool and clinical reference manual.
Audience: The text and most notably the lab book are useful tools for the student acquiring a basic foundation in kinesiology in preparation for clinical practice. Although the material covered is applicable in all physical therapy settings, it is most closely related to the orthopedic specialty. The editor's background as a PTA program director lends credibility. The contributors provide additional educational backgrounds and their various orthopedic and athletic training input is evident in the text.
Features: Comprehensive physics principles and their application to biomechanics/kinesiology are presented. Each joint is outlined in its own chapter, providing characteristics, abnormalities, and clinical considerations for the PTA. Gait analysis is addressed as well as tissue repair. The most thoroughly covered topic is physics principles as applied to biomechanics. The visuals provided support the written text clearly. At the end of each chapter, questions are provided to further stimulate the learning process. The lab workbook accentuates hands-on learning and parallels the text adequately. There are two appendixes provided. Appendix A would be better suited as part of the individual chapters in which they are relevant. Appendix B, while informative, may be more relevant in a text intended for the physical therapist.
Assessment: The text is a useful guide and learning tool. Many otherwise confusing topics are clarified, however, the quality of the pictures could be clearer and labeled to support the written text.