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From The CriticsReviewer: Margot Putukian, MD, FACSM (Pennsylvania State University Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)
Description: This comprehensive review of primary care sports medicine is detailed and focused, yet inclusive of many unique issues faced by the healthcare provider taking care of the special needs of the athlete.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive reference for the primary care healthcare provider for all aspects of sports medicine. These are worthy objectives, and the authors are to be commended on a comprehensive job.
Audience: It is written for the primary care health provider taking care of athletes, specifically physicians trained in primary care (family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, and physical medicine and rehabilitation). The author and contributors are credible.
Features: Generally, the references are of good quality, especially in the rehabilitation chapters. Some chapters use current references, but others are not as up-to-date. The index is comprehensive. The rehabilitation chapters are excellent and because of the illustrations, very useful.
Assessment: This is a comprehensive reference that covers many areas of sports medicine and provides a useful guide for those taking care of athletes. The chapters are well thought out and organized, and the areas covered are very pertinent. The sections on rehabilitation and the pediatric athlete, among others, are very well done. Overall, this is an excellent book.