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Textbook of Sports Medicine: Basic Science and Clinical Aspects of Sports Injury and Physical Activity
Editors: Kjaer, Michael; Krogsgaard, Michael; Magnusson, Peter; Engebretsen, Lars; Roos, Harald; Takala, Timo, Bibliographic Data: (ISBN: 0-632-06509-5, Blackwell Publishing, 2003, $154.95) 808 pages, hard cover. Subjects: Sports Medicine.
DESCRIPTION: This book addresses a wide range of topics related to sports medicine, including physiology, basic science, diagnosis, treatment, and imaging of numerous activity-related conditions. PURPOSE: The number of exercising men and women has increased over the past few decades, and this book addresses current concepts relevant to an increasingly-active population. The book presents in-depth information about the biochemical and physiological components of exercise. It also integrates physiological and basic science considerations into its coverage of medical and surgical sports medicine topics. Some sections highlight new technologies in the diagnosis and treatment of athletic conditions. The editors have attempted to capture the breadth of sports medicine – from the lab to the field – in one concise book and are generally successful. AUDIENCE: The editors intend for the book to be helpful for both basic scientists and busy clinicians. Although there are some sections appropriate for researchers, much of the book is more useful for clinically active individuals caring for active populations. The authors include several leaders in the field from surgical and medical disciplines. FEATURES: The book’s 35 chapters are grouped into six sections, each of which is devoted to an aspect of sports medicine. The first section covers many of the exercise-related basic sciences, including neuromuscular function, biomechanics, tissue properties, and metabolism. The next section looks at human performance in various settings and provides limited information pertaining to injury recovery and rehabilitation. The next two sections address physical activity among various populations who have medical conditions such as diabetes or obesity. After a brief section on imaging of musculoskeletal injuries, the final section devotes individual chapters to regional disorders such as the knee, hip and spine. The illustrations are generally good and several graphs, tables, and charts enhance the text. Some of the figures are too small to see clearly, as are the radiographic images. Some figures demonstrate physical examination tests that are noted in the text. Each chapter is well referenced, and there is a comprehensive index. ASSESSMENT: This book is a welcome addition to the field of sports medicine and nicely covers a wide range of topics. It provides up-to-date, practical, and theoretical information for those who study or take care of active populations. Busy clinicians will find this to be a helpful reference that they routinely consult. SCORE: Weighted Numerical Score: 80