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8 practical gifts for the sports medicine professional

Sports medicine practitioners must be accomplished in a variety to provide athletes with exceptional injury care and pre-game preparation. Our resources on manual therapy, physical therapy, corrective exercise, injury care, and more, provide high-quality information from experts in the field. Add these books to your wish list to build your sports medicine library and continue developing professional competencies.

Sports Massage for Injury Care

Sports Massage for Injury Care by Robert McAtee

No two injuries are the same. Whether an injury is acute or chronic, you need to understand and treat the underlying cause so you don't leave your athletes susceptible to re-injury. Sports Massage for Injury Care emphasizes the importance of accurate assessment and evaluation, and it focuses on 20 of the most common neuromuscular injuries seen in athletes. For each featured injury, there are assessment recommendations, treatment options and injury-specific protocols, and self-care options for when the athlete is not on the treatment table.

You will learn the evidence behind the techniques that are most effective, based on clinical research. Each treatment protocol is presented with vivid full-color photos and step-by-step instructions. Detailed anatomical illustrations show you the muscles, joints, and soft tissues involved. Practitioner examples and case studies give you a glimpse into how other practicing professionals use the techniques to help their clients heal quicker and more fully.

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Back Exercise

Back Exercise by Brian Richey

Back Exercise goes beyond exercise and rehabilitation to help you understand the why behind spinal conditions and back pain. throughout the book, unique clay models of the spine reveal each layer of the spinal anatomy, from the spinal vertebrae and discs to the muscle and tissue. these engaging full-color photos make it easy to visualize the structure and biomechanics of the spine and uncover the sources of your pain. you'll then be guided through an evaluation of your current back health with a self-assessment.

Once you've assessed your back mobility, the book features 60 exercises—complete with instructions and safety tips—that help stabilize, strengthen, and rehabilitate the spine. finally, back exercise explores five common spinal conditions: nonspecific low back pain, disc bulge and herniation, spondylolisthesis, stenosis, and spinal surgeries such as spinal fusion. Six months' worth of tailored exercise plans are presented for each condition, offering a safe progression of exercises to improve mobility, increase stability, and reduce pain.

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The BioMechanics Method for Corrective Exercise by Justin Price

Many people suffer from temporary or chronic musculoskeletal issues that cause pain and discomfort when performing even the simplest forms of physical activity. The BioMechanics Method for Corrective Exercise is designed to help fitness professionals, athletic trainers, strength and conditioning specialists, and physical therapists to identify and correct underlying imbalances so their clients and patients can resume pain-free movement.

Written by Justin Price, creator of The BioMechanics Method and a former IDEA Health & Fitness Association Personal Trainer of the Year, this book provides a systematic approach for applying effective corrective exercise strategies to assess and address muscle and joint pain:

  • Identify and assess common musculoskeletal imbalances
  • Understand how those imbalances affect different structures of the body
  • Learn about the various types of corrective exercises
  • Select appropriate exercise strategies for a client's circumstances
  • Design a corrective exercise program that addresses the underlying cause or causes

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Sports Injuries Guidebook, Second Edition

Sports Injuries Guidebook, Second Edition by Robert Gotlin

Injuries happen, and when they do, athletes and coaches need to have access to quick support. With Sports Injuries Guidebook, Second Edition, you will be equipped with the information you need for sports injury identification and return-to-play guidelines.

Dr. Robert Gotlin, a former medical consultant to the New York Knicks, the New York Liberty, the New York Yankees, and the New Jersey Nets, has assembled 24 top specialists in sports medicine to create an authoritative guide covering more than 150 common sports injuries, including the following:

  • Concussions
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Knee injuries
  • Bone fractures
  • Ligament sprains
  • Muscle strains and tears
  • IT band syndrome
  • Shin splits

Book chapters cover injuries for most body regions and include anatomical drawings of the injured area, a description of common causes, identification clues, an explanation of symptoms, immediate treatment options, and guidelines for returning to action.

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Acute and Emergency Care in Athletic Training

Acute and Emergency Care in Athletic Training by Michelle Cleary and Katie Walsh Flanagan

Athletic trainers are often the first ones on the scene when an individual sustains an acute injury. Therefore, knowing how to assess injuries and illnesses and begin treatment quickly is of vital importance for aspiring athletic trainers. Acute and Emergency Care in Athletic Training teaches readers how to recognize and manage emergency conditions so they can provide appropriate patient care between the field and the emergency department.

Authors Michelle Cleary and Katie Walsh Flanagan take an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from literature, position statements, and guidelines from numerous professional health care organizations to offer current evidence-based clinical best practices. With a full-color presentation and more than 280 photos and illustrations, the book takes a systematic approach to acute and emergency care. Part I provides critical information on prevention and risk management strategies, including developing an emergency action plan, conducting an emergency examination, and administering emergency medications. Part II then provides the basics of emergency evaluations, describing how to examine, treat, and manage common acute injuries and illnesses to limit the severity of these potentially life-threatening conditions.

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A Clinical Guide to Surface Palpation, Second Edition

A Clinical Guide to Surface Palpation, Second Edition by Michael Masaracchio and Chana Frommer

Using a simple step-by-step approach, A Clinical Guide to Surface Palpation, Second Edition, provides concise explanations of palpation techniques, organized by regions of the body. A brief overview of skeletal and muscle anatomy is offered for each region—including coverage of bony tissue, soft tissue, and neurovascular structures—to facilitate a better understanding of the relationship between structures and how they function together, leading to improved clinical examination skills. Tips for palpating bony landmarks are also discussed. One of very few books that teaches readers how to examine the abdomen and pelvis, it recognizes the profound effect these structures can have on the function of the neuromuscular system.

Anatomical overlays have been added to the numerous photos depicting proper technique to provide a clear view of the exact structures lying beneath the surface. More than 50 related online video clips showcase real demonstrations of common clinical palpation techniques. The skills are demonstrated in a step-by-step format to help readers understand the nuances of difficult techniques.

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Complete Guide to Foam Rolling

Complete Guide to Foam Rolling by Kyle Stull

Complete Guide to Foam Rolling is your answer to moving better, feeling better, and improving your performance. Foam rolling before, during, or after a workout can get blood flowing, allowing muscles to work more efficiently, and initiate the recovery process to reduce soreness.

Backed by scientific research, Complete Guide to Foam Rolling provides step-by-step instructions for 27 of the most effective foam rolling techniques for muscle preparation and recovery. Reduce pain and restore function with therapeutic movements that help rehabilitate your body and reduce the risk of injury. Learn to breathe, relax, and roll through tight spots as part of your warm-up, flexibility work, and recovery. Then adapt any of the ready-to-use protocols or create a customized program to address specific problem areas well as your overall muscle and nervous system needs.

You'll learn the difference between various types of rolling equipment and how to choose which is right for your individual needs. Special tips throughout the text provide further advice to help you prevent injury to muscles and joints.

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Myofascial Release, Second Edition

Myofascial Release, Second Edition by Ruth Duncan

This scientifically grounded book presents an overview of the entire fascial matrix, the three-dimensional web of tissue that supports every other structure in the body. The explanation of the anatomy and function of the connective tissue system gives practitioners the solid background needed to treat muscle injury, immobility, and pain. The book also outlines how myofascial release relates to other massage modalities, allowing therapists to incorporate a range of treatments.

Descriptions of over 60 myofascial techniques contain details on the timing, direction, and hold of each stretch as well as numerous photographs that illustrate the body and hand positions of each technique. Nuanced explanations of the unique feel of soft tissue help the therapist enhance their palpation skills. The therapist learns how to apply the best approach (cross-hand releases, longitudinal plane releases, compression releases and transverse plane releases) on specific injuries or issues. A new chapter on scar tissue details how practitioners can relieve the pain and tension common in surgical and other types of scars. The text also contains home programs that clients can use themselves between treatment sessions.

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