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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: James L. Moeller, MD (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine)
Description: This new sports medicine reference discusses growth and maturation, training techniques, injuries, health concerns, psychosocial issues, disease states, and methodology and how they pertain to active children and adults. The book is one in a series of six sports medicine references compiled by the International Olympic Committee's Medical Commission.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide reference material for professionals interested in the effects of exercise and sports on children and adolescents.
Audience: The book is targeted for sports physicians, general practitioners, pediatricians, physical therapists, graduate level students in medicine or exercise sciences, and exercise science researchers. It provides an easily indexed reference in epidemiology, treatment of illness, and application of basic science in the child or adolescent athlete. The tables and figures used throughout the book are clear and appropriate. The focus on children and adolescents sets it apart from most other sports medicine references.
Features: The overall design is clear. The variety of contributors, including physicians, exercise science researchers, and registered dietitians from across the globe, is an attractive feature.
Assessment: This sports medicine reference is an excellent tool for healthcare and exercise science professionals engaged in the care of active individuals of this age group. The design is easy to follow and challenges for future research are cited. The overviews of maturational, general health, training, and psychological issues provide quick references to help guide treatment and research plans. This reference is appropriate for individual, healthcare facility or resident, or education library purchase.