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From The CriticsReviewer: George A. DeSilvester, MD (University of Indianapolis)
Description: This second edition is an overview of the evaluation and treatment of common sports injuries with an emphasis on practical analysis. This is demonstrated uniquely using concise tables with key elements of triage, initial diagnostic steps, and referral criteria. The first edition was published in 1990.
Purpose: The stated purpose is primary care for sports-related injuries and conditions. The authors' objectives are primarily aimed at facilitating decision-making, so this is a valuable resource, especially for those less familiar with sports injuries.
Audience: This book is for primary care providers encountering sports-related musculoskeletal injuries and conditions. The authors are knowledgeable, experienced sports medicine authorities.
Features: The chapters are structured by anatomic region and a common format is used for each injury (i.e., history, exam, diagnostic steps, initial treatment, referral criteria, and definitive treatment). There are several chapters on injury basics and on decision analysis. Unique features include decision tables in each paragraph with emphasis on triage, testing indications, and referral criteria. Also valuable are detailed illustrations from both an exam and a rehabilitation standpoint. The book has a predilection to be frequently used in the clinical setting, so it is something like a bookshelf version of a pocket manual. It is not intended to be a comprehensive reference on the subject of sports injuries.
Assessment: This text is a very-well organized, adequately referenced, practitioner-friendly tool for use during evaluation and management of sports injuries. It would make a fine addition to any sports library. The subject matter is outlined in a pragmatic fashion, ultimately promoting easier decision-making for the sports medicine practitioner.