Therapeutic Modalities for Musculoskeletal Injuries (Athletic Training Education Series) / Edition 2

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Therapeutic Modalities for Musculoskeletal Injuries, Second Edition, is an introductory text to the theory and application of therapeutic modalities in the rehabilitation of athletic injuries. Like its predecessor, Therapeutic Modalities for Athletic Injuries, the text provides a clear perspective of the physics and physiological responses to the modalities discussed, and the new edition also prepares readers for the challenges arising in the ever-changing health care system.

Part of Human Kinetics' Athletic Training Education Series, this text has been revised and updated to present current research related to therapeutic modalities. Additional insight from two experts also helps to expand the content of this second edition and encourage more diverse thinking among students. New chapters have been added on the use of therapeutic laser treatment and the basic concepts of evidence-based practice.

Therapeutic Modalities for Musculoskeletal Injuries, Second Edition, goes beyond the how of modality application to ask why and when. Specific treatment for individual problems is not prescribed, but reference is made to specific guidelines, summary papers, and research papers. The text prepares students to search this type of literature and apply the information, so as clinicians they can seek evidence to find the optimal treatment strategy and support the clinical decisions they make.

Human Kinetics' Athletic Training Education Series contains five textbooks, each with its own supporting instructional resources. Featuring the work of respected athletic training authorities, the series was created to parallel and expound on the content areas established by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) Educational Council. Therapeutic Modalities for Musculoskeletal Injuries, Second Edition, addresses the following NATA content areas: Therapeutic Modalities and Psychosocial Intervention and Referral.

To learn more about the books in this series, visit the Athletic Training Education Series Web site at

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Monica R. Lininger, MA, ATC (Hope College)
Description: In this updated edition, several chapters have been added to address current research topics such as laser therapy, manual work, and evidence-based practice in the athletic training setting. The previous edition was published in 2000.
Purpose: The author's main objective was to explain the rationale for using a certain modality instead of merely explaining how to perform the proper application. A secondary goal was to provide the reader with a deeper understanding of current research in the athletic training community. This update is definitely needed due to the new research regarding laser therapy and FDA approval in certain settings.
Audience: The book is written for students preparing for a career in athletic training, although it is a great resource for any practitioner's library. Some of the material may be quite challenging for entry level undergraduate students to comprehend, especially the chapter on electromagnetic energy.
Features: The author has done an extensive job of simplifying this modality book. Each chapter begins with a case study that is pertinent to the material covered in the following pages. An introduction of the concept is followed by proper application parameters and contraindications to each modality. At the end of each chapter there are "learning aids" which act as discussion questions as well as a summary of the previous material. Challenging chapters such as pain theories and electrotherapy are divided into two chapters for ease. The book's 16 chapters include numerous pictures, figures, and tables.
Assessment: I would highly recommend this book to upper level undergraduate athletic training students or to any practicing athletic trainer as a reference. I am pleased with the addition of the new chapters, which help this book to be as current as possible with continuing research findings. The book's format and useful figures make it very easy to read.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736055826
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2005
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Craig R. Denegar, PhD, ATC, PT, is associate professor of orthopedics and rehabilitation and kinesiology at Pennsylvania State University. He has more than 25 years of experience as an athletic trainer and extensive clinical practice experience related to persistent orthopedic pain.

Dr. Denegar is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA) and is the former vice chair for free communications on the NATA Research and Education Foundation Research Committee. He is also a member of the American Physical Therapy Association and the recipient of the William G. Clancey Medal for Distinguished Athletic Training Research in 2003 and of the Distinguished Merit Award from the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers' Society in 2004.

Currently serving as the senior associate editor of the Journal of Athletic Training (JAT), Dr. Denegar also serves on the editorial boards of JAT, Journal of Strength Training and Conditioning Research, and Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. He received his PhD in education with a specialization in sports medicine and a master's degree in education with a specialization in athletic training from the University of Virginia. He earned a master's degree in physical therapy from the School of Physical Therapy, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania.

In his spare time, Dr. Denegar enjoys playing soccer, cycling, and studying the history of the American West. He and his wife, Susan, live in State College, Pennsylvania.

Susan Foreman Saliba, PhD, is a senior associate athletic trainer and a clinical instructor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, where she has taught therapeutic modalities for over 12 years. A certified athletic trainer and licensed physical therapist, Dr. Saliba also taught therapeutic modalities at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She is chairperson of the National Athletic Trainers' Association Clinical Education Committee and a member of its Education Executive Committee. She earned a master's degree in athletic training and a PhD in sports medicine from the University of Virginia.

Ethan Saliba, PhD, has been teaching therapeutic modalities at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville for over 18 years. He is currently head athletic trainer, overseeing 24 varsity sports. Dr. Saliba is a certified athletic trainer, licensed physical therapist, and sport-certified specialist who has written extensively on various aspects of athletic injuries and rehabilitation. He earned a master's degree and PhD in sports medicine from the University of Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Contemporary Use of Therapeutic Modalities
Chapter 2. Psychological Aspects of Rehabilitation
Chapter 3. Tissue Injury, Inflammation, and Repair
Chapter 4. Pain and Pain Relief
Chapter 5. Persistent Pain and Chronic Pain
Chapter 6. Impact of Injury and Pain on Neuromuscular Control
Chapter 7. Evidence-Based Application of Therapeutic Modalities
Chapter 8. Cold and Superficial Heat
Chapter 9. Principles of Electrotherapy
Chapter 10. Clinical Uses of Electrical Stimulation
Chapter 11. Ultrasound, Diathermy, and Electromagnetic Fields
Chapter 12. Low Level LASER Therapy
Chapter 13. Mechanical Energy
Chapter 14. Treatment Plans for Acute Musculoskeletal Injuries
Chapter 15. Neuromuscular Control and Biofeedback
Chapter 16. Clinical Management of Persistent and Chronic Pain

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