Most healthcare practitioners at some point in their careers have been asked to evaluate an injured athlete. Understanding the sport in which an athlete participates contributes greatly to accurate diagnosis and treatment of injury. This was the inspiration for the book Sports Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation. It is the purpose of this book to familiarize healthcare practitioners with the biomechanics of several popular sports and how they relate to the prevention and rehabilitation of common injuries.
Each chapter covers one sport and is written by one or more experts on that sport. The authors describe the biomechanics of the basic skills performed. Next, the components of injury prevention are discussed. These include recommendations for warm-up, stretching, and strengthening programs. In season and out of season periodization concepts are also reviewed. Common intrinsic and extrinsic risk factors are explained with the assumption that injury prevention is the first step in decreasing the incidence and severity of injury. The second edition updates the injury prevention programs and adds new chapters on Mixed Martial Arts, Lacrosse, Cheerleading, Javelin, Anterior Knee Pain, and Pilates in Sports.
Despite having the best designed athletic programs, injuries will occur. The injuries most frequently sustained are described in each chapter. Rehabilitation tips are offered, including how to protect an injured area and decrease inflammation, how to restore range of motion, and how to increase strength and proprioception. Sport-specific drills and specific criteria for a safe return to the sport are included as well.
Sports Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation will lend insight to any healthcare provider who comes in contact with an athlete, whether recreational or professional or somewhere in-between. This book will provide the tools necessary for providing the most efficient and effective training programs and rehabilitation. This book will also bring the team of qualified coaches, athletic trainers, orthopedic surgeons, and physical therapists to the top of their game.