Sports Medicine in the Pediatric Office, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 9781610021227
ISBN-10: 1610021223
Copyright: 2018
Edition: 2nd
Editor: Metzl, Jordan D.
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 89
Reviewer: Rebecca Carl,  MD, MSCI  (Lurie Children's Hospital)
The first part of this concise sports medicine reference discusses sports injury prevention, while the second part details how to evaluate and treat young athletes with common sports injuries. The book concludes with chapters on particular sports, such as soccer, collision sports, throwing sports, and gymnastics and uses relevant cases as jumping-off points for discussion. A companion website has videos that demonstrate skills such as history taking, musculoskeletal physical examination, and rehabilitation exercises. The first edition, published in 2008, focused on the evaluation and treatment of common sports medicine injuries. This update adds material on injury prevention and specific sports.
The authors strive to create a reference that will enhance the care of young athletes by primary care providers. The book also aims to help generalists with educating families and community partners about healthy sports participation. The additional material on prevention in this edition makes this book unique; most sports medicine books focus on secondary prevention, rather than primary prevention. The online videos also add to the value of this book by illustrating concepts that are difficult to describe or demonstrate with a photograph, such as rehabilitation exercises.
The audience is pediatric primary care providers. At our center, we have used the first edition of this book, in conjunction with another book that provides more information on general orthopedics, for residents rotating in the sports medicine clinics. Most of the authors are sports medicine trained pediatricians and include several members of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Sports Medicine and Fitness. Other contributors include pediatric orthopedic surgeons, physical therapists, and athletic trainers.
The book describes in detail the important elements of history taking when evaluating an injured young athlete. The beginning of the book presents a general overview of musculoskeletal physical examination and ordering appropriate imaging with more detail provided in the chapters that cover different joints or body parts. The chapter on injury prevention includes cases that illustrate different strategies for counseling athletes and parents on topics such as burnout and bone health. The chapters on injuries related to particular sports or type of sports are unique. For example, there is a chapter on the particular types of injuries experienced by contact sport athletes. The book covers a wide variety of topics, and for most of them, it provides fairly superficial coverage, which is probably appropriate given the intended audience. The book does not provide enough detail for sports medicine fellows or specialists. The illustrations and videos are very helpful. However, some of the abnormal findings are difficult to discern and some images were mislabeled. For example, the same set of knee radiographs is presented twice, once labeled as "normal" and once labeled as radiographs for an athlete with an ACL tear, when the radiographs show an osteochondral lesion that is not labeled.
Overall, I would highly recommend this as a reference for pediatric residents or primary care physicians who treat young athletes. The added material in the second edition on injury prevention and sport-specific issues sets this book apart from many other books.
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