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From The CriticsReviewer: Arthur E. Squires, BSPT (Medical College of Ohio School of Allied Health)
Description: This book profiles the population that may benefit from aquatic exercise. It then outlines the characteristics and parameters of water therapy and provides descriptions and displays of graded exercises.
Purpose: The purpose is to define and educate those individuals who may benefit from water exercise. Additionally, the book provides clear and concise instructions in varied exercises. Certainly, there is a need to educate a growing population who may benefit from this form of therapy. Largely, the work accomplishes its goals.
Audience: This book is clearly directed toward a client population. Although the author urges the reader to begin under proper supervision, this is a "how to" book for a beginning client. This work would also be beneficial to those progressing from a supervised to an independent program. This author demonstrates a good grasp of her specialty. However, there are some lapses in either editing or more generalized medical knowledge that diminish the author's reliability.
Features: This work presents appropriate clear illustrative drawings of each exercise. Although there are a few parenthetic sources, this work is largely not referenced. Both the table of contents and index are well suited for the target audience. The book has a positive appearance. The cover, print size, and spacing all add to its appeal and ease of use.
Assessment: Although directed toward a inexperienced client base, this work could be a worthy reference for those patients who may be allowed only initial guided therapy. The work's complete endorsement must be tempered because of the inclusion of some misinformation, some minor, some not. For example, the book describes inaccurately the relationship, function, and anatomy of the plantaris muscle to the plantar fascia, and incorrectly describes HDLs as "bad cholesterol." There are other less serious errors. In summary, the work could be used by appropriate health care providers to provide clients with an independent reference. A second edition should focus on correcting the errata.