Description: This book consists of two sections. Section One: General Sports Medicine is divided into 26 chapters describing the role of the physician in sports, general principles of exercise, and descriptions of athletic profiles (e.g., competitive athletes, weekend athletes, etc.). Section Two: Clinical Sports Medicine Practice is divided into 27 chapters detailing particular syndromes and injuries. Contributors represent many medical disciplines from family medicine to orthopedics and include academic physicians and private clinical practitioners.
Purpose: The editor intends this to be a textbook used in the sports medicine curriculum in family practice training programs. The book achieves the purpose of being a useful textbook, but in addition will be valuable resource for a physician who needs a reference geared to clinical practice questions.
Audience: The intended audience is family practice residents; however, primary care physicians will find it to be useful.
Features: The general layout is pleasing to the eye. Line drawings and photographs are used appropriately to illustrate points from the text. References are variable; some chapters have recent journal references, whereas others have only general citations. Chapters in Section Two are arranged first with a narrative description including anatomy and pathophysiology of the affected part of the system followed by an outline description of pertinent features. This outline format is extraordinarily concise and useful. Unfortunately, the graphics are plain and make quick reading difficult. The index is excellent and a glossary of terms is very helpful.
Assessment: This is a useful resource for the practicing primary care physician and a practical text for trainees. The quality of the chapters is uneven, but taken as a whole it is a very well written text. It is utilitarian rather than scholarly. As such, it should find a place on the desk of many primary care physicians.