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The Sports Medicine Bible

Lawrence, Jeffrey

Section Editor(s): Berry, Michael J. Book Review Editor

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Nashville, Tennessee

$20.00, ISBN 0-06-273143-2, 322 pages

Published by: Harper Collins Publisher, 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022-5299, 1995

The Sports Medicine Bible

Lyle J. Micheli

All athletes, regardless of their level of competition, find themselves with questions concerning their bodies. Dr. Lyle J. Micheli, former president of the American College of Sports Medicine, answers questions that almost all athletes have concerning their health in his new book, The Sports Medicine Bible. In a well-organized, easily readable style, Dr. Micheli describes the basics of injury prevention, self-detection, and self-treatment of multiple sports injuries. Although quite through, the book is written in a clear and concise manner so that the athlete with no medical background can easily understand the pertinent anatomy and physiology. Dispersed throughout the 322 pages of the book are numerous charts and drawings that visually highlight specific points of anatomy, demonstrate suggested exercises, and graphically outline important information.

The book begins with a description of a new definition of fitness, which would not only include cardiovascular endurance, muscular fitness, and flexibility, but also freedom from injury. The next four chapters describe injury prevention, muscular strengthening and flexibility, general treatment of acute injuries, and general principles of rehabilitation of acute sport injuries. The following 13 chapters break down acute and over-use injuries to the specific body parts, i.e., shoulder, knee, foot, ankle, etc. The book ends with three chapters dedicated to specific concerns of female athletes, the elderly, and nutrition in sports. While the intended audience for this book is the non-medical athlete, the professional who treats athletes will gain a better understanding of how to communicate the causes and treatments of many common sports injuries in a readily understandable way.

©1996The American College of Sports Medicine

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