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A. Glynn and H. Fiddler . Churchhill Livingston Elsevier. 2009. 224 pp. Soft cover. Can $44.95/US $36.95/€30.99/£20.99. ISBN13: 978-0443-10269-1.
This pocket guide was written to be a resource for professionals involved in delivering advice on physical activity and exercise. The goal was to create a quick reference manual for clinical practice and teaching. Written with physiotherapists in mind, this book contains information to support any healthcare practitioner in the prescription of therapeutic exercise.
The book includes thirteen chapters. Early chapters focus on the principles of exercise design, prescription, and physiology. Later chapters apply this knowledge to certain patient populations for acute and chronic conditions. The final chapter, perhaps the best in the book, contains case study examples illustrating the application of exercise prescription. Black and white photographs, diagrams, and charts are used effectively throughout the book to show relevant exercises and important physiological concepts. References are listed at the end of each chapter, most being from 1990 to 2005.
The book is well cataloged with a table of contents, individual chapter content tables, and an alphabetized index at the back. The level of content on biomechanics and exercise physiology is adequate for the aims of the book. The authors have done a sufficient job of providing exercise theory and application for improving muscle strength, muscle endurance, and cardiovascular fitness. However, information is lacking on exercise prescription for specific injuries such as disc herniations or supraspinatus impingement. Thus, health professional specialists would likely find the amount of detail covered less than satisfactory. Instead a wellnessbased practitioner may find it useful when their patient’s primary goal is improved fitness.