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Twenty-four years after the publication of the first edition, the salient point made by Professor John Sutton in his foreword remains true—in Clinical Sports Medicine the authors take sports and exercise medicine out of the realm of the elite athlete and present it in the service of everyone in the community who wishes to remain active.

A search for the fourth edition in our university library revealed very well used and even threadbare copies and illustrated how indispensable this resource is to students and practitioners alike. This fifth edition continues the clear focus of previous editions: ‘helping clinicians help patients’, transcending professional boundaries to enable best practice.

The authors of Clinical Sports Medicine: Injuries include the very top names in sports and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports medicine and sport science from around the world—in short, the community that takes care of active people everywhere, including the recreational or competitive sportsperson. The truly interdisciplinary nature of professional practice in sports medicine is revealed in this book. Indeed, this fifth edition includes specific chapters on key but often overlooked aspects of professional development; namely working in collaborative teams and how to develop your career. To achieve this, it draws on real-life lessons from around the world.

Clinical Sports Medicine: Injuries builds on the high-quality, evidence-based content of previous editions, with 15 new or substantially revised chapters. It is beautifully illustrated, combining aesthetics and evidence in a partnership that provides accessible learning to all readers. Practice pearls and step-by-step illustrations of physical activity for every joint are supported by more than 550 new and innovative illustrations, and line drawings superimposed on selected photographs to aid understanding.

A striking feature of Clinical Sports Medicine has always been the authors’ relentless commitment to ‘clinical’. This is a useful book; one to be consulted between patients or even while the patient is with you. The colour-coded sections develop, one on another. Part A—Fundamental principles—has been completely rewritten and the cadre of expert authors added new chapters on Pain, Core stability, Patient-reported outcomes (for use in the clinic), Training and Return to sport. Each of the 24 chapters in Part B—Regional problems—stands alone, flowing logically from functional anatomy to the broader, expert clinical perspective on the specific management of more than 100 major conditions. These chapters include the key aspects of injury epidemiology, clinical risk factors and interventions across sports; they cover the common presentations but also provide commentary on the atypical. One aim and notable focus throughout the book is to make evidence accessible to busy practitioners to aid their decision making. Best available evidence, consensus statements and cautionary notes are provided throughout in an eye-catching and succinct way. Part C—Practical sports medicine—closes out Volume 1 with five chapters for those working in various sport settings.

This is a unique book. The variety of illustrations and their contribution to the understanding of form, function, concepts, intervention and management, in combination with decades of the cumulative wisdom of practitioners, teachers and researchers, ensures that this is an indispensable work.


Associate Professor | Deputy Head

Department of Physiotherapy, School of Medicine, Trinity College, Dublin

President, World Confederation for Physical Therapy

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