Healthy Body Handbook: A Total Guide to the Prevention and Treatment of Sports Injuriesby David Saidoff
The Healthy Body Handbook was written for all those who place great emphasis on living life fully. It will help readers understand the basic structure and function of the musculoskeletal system of the human body, and is written in language easily understood by the layperson, with numerous illustrations. This knowledge will enable readers to be proactive/i>
The Healthy Body Handbook was written for all those who place great emphasis on living life fully. It will help readers understand the basic structure and function of the musculoskeletal system of the human body, and is written in language easily understood by the layperson, with numerous illustrations. This knowledge will enable readers to be proactive about their health, make positive lifestyle choices, prevent injuries, and participate fully in the healing of injuries — especially those that are sports-related.
Description: This basic, easy to peruse book covers many of the common nerve, muscle, and joint conditions experienced by the general population. There are diagrams and figures throughout to help the layperson visualize the condition being discussed.
Purpose: The purpose is quite comprehensive: to be a total handbook for prevention and treatment of sports injuries, written in language understandable by the general public. Although this is a worthy objective, the book fails to accomplish it. In several sections, readers can glean a clear picture of the potential causes for their symptoms; this information is more easily referenced by looking at the table of contents for a particular body part than by using the index for symptoms. Not all aspects of prevention and health are addressed in general, nor in some of the specific conditions. Some updates in treatment strategies are not reflected in the book.
Audience: The book seems appropriate for an educated general public. The section discussing pain and inflammation is articulated well for any level of audience. Other chapters vary between prose appropriate for the general public and prose more appropriate for a physical therapy or allied health professional student. The book draws strongly from a physical therapist's viewpoint and one of the authors is involved in treatment and education in the field of physical therapy. Some of the injury areas lack in-depth coverage of self-treatment options expected in a comprehensive book.
Features: Specific overuse conditions in extremities and trunk are addressed in a diagnostic category format. There are also general chapters to discuss more systemic issues, such as osteoporosis, and an overview of the physical aspects of muscles, soft tissue, and pain. Terms are introduced that may be new to a layperson; for the most part they are well described. The appropriate use of figures and diagrams to visualize many of these overuse conditions are additional features of the book. Regretfully, general statements are made and research mentioned without references. There is no bibliography; the few references used include a prior book by one of the authors and those in the captions of figures or diagrams. Several of these are old.
Assessment: This book does not add any new information to the field of sports medicine. There are several self-management type books for the general public that address these issues. This one does, however, benefit from the figures that explain issues for the general public and the multiple subheadings that make the text easy to scan for information.
"Authoritatively written without being overly technical, The Healthy Body Handbook would be a great addition to consumer health collections of public and medical libraries." -- Consumer Connections
"Whether you use The Healthy Body Handbook for cover-to-cover reading or simply as a reference, it's a great book to have around. Because you never know when you're going to need a trustworthy guide for treating a painful injury." -- Austin Fit Magazine
"Written by a physical therapist and a physician, this book is intended to help consumers become proactive about their health, make positive lifestyle choices and prevent injuries. Chapters and illustrations cover the basic structure and function of the musculoskeletal system, fatigue and injury, pain and inflammation, along with common injuries, disorders and conditions. The book includes information about the remedies and procedures physicians are likely to recommend after injury or illness. Readers will also find advice regarding exercises, stretching and strengthening and will learn how to recognize the body's warning signals of overuse and potential for injury." -- Women's Health Matters Network
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Meet the Author
David C. Saidoff PT is a graduate of the New York University School of Physical Therapy. He is the author of the textbook Critical Pathways in Therapeutic Intervention: Extremities and Spine that has been adopted throughout graduate level programs throughout the United States and Canada. He has lectured in the New York area on neuromusculoskeletal topics,and currently specializes in treating newborn children with developmental disabilities.
Stuart Apfel, MD - Dr. Stuart Apfel is an Associate Professor of Neurology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and a Medical Director at Purdue Pharma. His career has largely focused on research in the application of neurotrophic factors to neurologic disease, and is the author of the textbook Clinical Applications of Neurotrophic Factors.
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