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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.