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From The CriticsReviewer: Delmas J Bolin, MD, PhD (Virginia Tech)
Description: This book discusses clinically appropriate rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. Treatment protocols are discussed in the context of the underlying biomechanical principles, the response of healing tissues to stress, and the application of sports specific interventions to speed safe return to play.
Purpose: The authors propose to provide a thorough review of the science of sports rehabilitation in order to replace empiric treatment protocols with those that are founded on valid peer-reviewed data. This concise book captures very effectively the explosion of data in sports science on rehabilitation that is often left untouched in other texts.
Audience: The book is written for sports medicine practitioners and orthopedic surgeons, but is appropriate for general clinicians, physical therapists, athletic trainers, as well as for graduate students pursuing advanced kinesiology research. Each joint and injury-specific chapter is written by a world-class researcher and clinician.
Features: The book features chapters on functional properties of biological tissues, functional testing, and the use of EMG. Joint specific injuries are covered in some detail; for example there are separate chapters covering rotator cuff injuries and the unstable shoulder. Each joint is carefully reviewed with the exception of the hip, which is mentioned briefly in the low back pain chapter. Each chapter is well illustrated with numerous color photographs and tables to illustrate the salient points. The final chapters review novel techniques such as hydrotheraphy, hyperthermia, and "shock-wave" therapy for tendonosis.
Assessment: In general, the book is quite concise yet very thorough in covering specific rehabilitation protocols for various sports injuries. It is more helpful than many books that provide only the author's way of therapy for a specific injury. The utility of this book lies in providing the practitioner with clinically useful evidence to better guide the patient and the therapist during recovery.