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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jason S. McVeigh, MS,PT, SCS, ATC, LAT (University of Tennessee at Knoxville)
Description: One of six titles in the Athletic Training Education series, this book provides an extensive look at all aspects of therapeutic exercise, from the physiology of injury to examination, rehabilitation, and treatment decision making. This is an update of the 2005 edition.
Purpose: The author meets her objective of providing a book that can be used both as an educational tool by students and as reference by practicing clinicians.
Audience: The primary audience includes athletic training or physical therapy students learning the fundamentals of therapeutic exercise and how to apply them to a clinical setting. The author is a clinician and educator in athletic training and physical therapy.
Features: This fairly comprehensive book details not only the basic science of anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology related to therapeutic exercise, but also extensively describes rehabilitation exercises, techniques, program designs, and functional progressions. Excellent diagrams, tables, and photographs will help visual learners. The book is well organized, and one of its best features is the way it presents objectives at the beginning of each chapter, and answers and explanations of each objective at the end of each chapter under "Key Concepts and Review."
Assessment: This book will be useful to anyone attempting to broaden their knowledge of the principles of therapeutic exercise. It offers students and beginning clinicians a useful reference for treatment strategies, rehabilitation program designs, and functional progression, and experienced clinicians a reference on the scientific principles underlying basic therapeutic exercise.