A comprehensive reference to understanding, avoiding, and treating sports injuries.
Today Americans participate in sports more than ever before, and with increased activity follows an increased chance of injury. Sports medicine is therefore no longer relevant only to college and professional athletes, but also parents, amateur athletes and seniors maintaining a fitness regime. Orthopedic surgeons, nutritionists, physical therapists, sports psychologists, athletic trainers, and exercise physiologists are just a few of the various professionals whose work with patients and clients may cross over into the field of sports medicine. Common to all these people is an interest in athletic performance and a desire to prevent injuries or properly treat them when they occur.
The A to Z of Sports Medicine delivers more than 150 in-depth, A-to-Z entries that define and explain the many fields of specialization within sports medicine while providing broad coverage of the terms relevant to each discipline. Using everyday language, basic descriptions of various sports medicine terms introduce the reader to many important topics and provide an at-home reference that can supplement and accompany the information received from sports medicine professionals. Entries on individual sports detail their most common injuries and how to prevent them. Appendixes offer additional resources and directories of relevant organizations, as well as detailing safety tips by sport, common injuries by body part or area, nutrition information by sport,
and five commonly misdiagnosed sports injuries.
About the Author(s)
Elizabeth H. Oakes is a professional writer who has published more than 20 books. She is a dedicated athlete who has competed as a member of Team Stampede, the 1997 national triathlon club champions. She has both the personal interest and dedication, as well as the professional expertise to make this encyclopedia not only authoritative and comprehensive but also interesting and grounded in the real-life language and situations of ordinary readers.
Connie Lebrun, M.D., is a former volleyball Olympiad—member of the National Canadian Volleyball Team at the 1976 Montreal Olympic—and director of primary care sports medicine at the Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic, located at the University of Western Ontario. She has served as Canadian Team Physician at many international games, including the 2003 Pan-American Games, the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney, and many others.