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From The CriticsReviewer: Barbara Jean Billek-Sawhney, PT, EdD, MS, GCS (Slippery Rock University)
Description: This illustrated book focuses on the neurological examination, specifically, cranial nerve assessment, concussion grading scales and testing, neuropsychological tests, and clinical testing of the nervous system including dermatomal, myotomal, reflex and special testing.
Purpose: Envisioned as a companion to Special Tests for Orthopedic Examination, 3rd edition, Konin et al. (Slack, 2006), this book has as its primary goal the description of the most commonly used tests and measures for patients with neurologic dysfunction. This is a very worthy objective, but the book appears to address tests and measures used primarily for patients with an underlying neurologic dysfunction due to a sports and/or orthopedic injury. It does not meet the needs of patients with neurological dysfunction following stroke, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, etc. A more accurate title would be Special Tests for Neurologic Examination of Sports Related Injuries.
Audience: This book appears most appropriate for entry-level athletic training students, but it also may be appropriate as an adjunct text for physical therapy students. The author's credentials reflect his academic and clinical expertise in sports medicine care. An athletic trainer and a physical therapist who is board certified in sports physical therapy, he holds a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Features: The 19 chapters progress from cranial nerve assessment to concussion grading and coma scales, to concussion testing. Neuropsychological tests, including computerized assessments and pencil-and-paper tests, are covered. Other chapters are dedicated to specials tests of the central nervous system. Dermatomal, myotomal, reflex, and special tests are covered for all areas of the body. This can serve as a comprehensive reference for athletic trainers and physical therapists working in an outpatient sports and orthopedic setting. It does not cover neurologic exam procedures for patients with neurological lesions such as cerebral vascular accidents.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive reference for athletic training students and physical therapy students on the neurologic examination of a client with a sports and orthopedic related injury. It is a valuable reference for experienced clinicians who need a quick guide to cranial nerve testing, concussion testing and grading, and other neurological tests. The overall organization is easy to follow. For physical therapy students and experienced physical therapists, other neurological rehabilitation books may be more useful. Overall, this is a valuable resource for athletic training students and experienced athletic trainers who see athletes post-concussion. It may serve as a quick reference in the training room or the clinic, or as a teaching tool.