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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Deborah M. King, PTA, CPI (North Hills Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy)
Description: This book covers a wide range of rehabilitation protocols as well as an extensive review of neurological components with numerous examples and illustrations in each chapter. It contains a very detailed table of contents, glossary, and index as well as a large reference list at the end of each chapter.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate our profession on the variety of clinical applications utilizing the Swiss Ball and why incorporating it into many exercise programs proves beneficial for both the patient and therapist. This would be a useful resource for therapists when confronted with the atypical patient.
Audience: It is geared towards PTs and PTAs, but would be beneficial for OTs, students, and hospital and home health workers who may be primary care providers.
Features: This book has outlined objectives in each chapter. An abundance of photographs and illustrations to insure proper technique is provided. There is an extensive reference list and a review of pertinent terminology as needed as well as instructions on how to properly size and care for the ball.
Assessment: This book is a good overall reference because of the varied patient population it covers, though it lacks specificity in any one area. The expanse of clinical applications could be a good tool for students preparing for affiliations or for professionals to refer to when confronted with patients with unusual circumstances.