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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Eric J. Anish, MD (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Shadyside)
Description: This is a basic reference covering a diversity of subjects pertaining to exercise science, sports medicine, and physiotherapy. Originally published in 1993, this is the second edition.
Purpose: The book is designed to serve as a practical guide for practitioners involved in the care of injured athletes. Numerous books have been published with a similar objective; however, the development of new texts that convey current and practical information in an innovative and easy-to-read format are always welcome. The author does an admirable job of providing readers with such a text.
Audience: It is authored by a credible authority on sports physiotherapy. His work is targeted to physicians, physiotherapists, exercise therapists, and students of these disciplines. Even coaches and athletes might find certain chapters useful.
Features: The text is divided into two major sections. The first examines general aspects of sports-related injury and management, including the basic science of biomechanics and healing, as well as practical information related to massage, taping, and exercise therapy. The second section contains chapters focusing on specific musculoskeletal injuries. Perhaps the most unique feature of this text is its emphasis on sports physiotherapy and functional rehabilitation. It is also enhanced by the author's generous use of charts, tables, and diagrams, which serve as valuable and readily accessible sources of information.
Assessment: This book provides detailed information on subject matter discussed minimally, or not at all, in many general sports medicine reference texts. The emphasis placed on sports physiotherapy makes it a unique publication compared with other books in this field. The author has updated his first edition with contributions from many new resources and has added chapters on exercise therapy, sports massage, and taping. In doing so, he has created a text that many practitioners and students will find quite useful.