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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Holt Paperbacks; 1 edition (April 15, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805055711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805055719
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,245 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Whether you've been injured or want to avoid injury, the American Physical Therapy Association Book of Body Repair and Maintenance can help you. Part 1 is the first place to go if you've been hurt. It presents nine common injury sites--back, neck, jaw, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, hip, knee, and ankle and foot--describing the anatomy and function of that area of the body, what can go wrong, and what to do if you experience pain or injury there. Part 2 explains how to avoid injury through proper posture, gait, body mechanics (how we use our bodies in daily activities), body weight, and footwear. You also get a program of beginning strength training and stretching, plus tips for avoiding injuries in sports, exercise activities, and in the workplace. Part 3 presents 200 clearly illustrated exercises for strength (beginning level) and flexibility that can be done at home. Some require dumbbells or ankle weights; most need no equipment. Many are done seated or lying down, so even if you haven't fully recovered, you can start to rehabilitate those areas that are ready. The illustrations are line drawings, large enough so that you can learn the exercises easily with the book open on the floor. This book is practical and helpful--don't wait until you get hurt to read it. --Joan Price

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An excellent fitness guide from the American Physical Therapy Association presents solid information on anatomy, physiology, injury, and exercise. Arranged by body part (back, neck, jaw, knee, hip, etc.), its first section discusses function, explains "what can go wrong," and offers simple tips for correcting and alleviating common problems, such as joint stiffness, muscle pulls, job-related strains and pains, and other common ailments. Sidebars direct readers to appropriate stretching exercises. The final section includes illustrated two-and three-step instructions for simple stretching, strength, and flexibility exercises. Chapters detailing correct posture, proper walking gait, optimum body weight, athletic shoes, and body mechanics also appear in this top-notch, well-written manual aimed at those older than 30. Sue-Ellen Beauregard

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There are hundreds of exercises and stretches in the book.
Randall C. Graham
The explanation of anatomy is very easy to understand in this book as are the exercises it teaches.
carla
I tried the Seated Hip Flexion in The Body Maintenance and Repair book and the pain disappeared.
William H. Dewitt

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118 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Bruce on October 4, 2002
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Sorry to be a negative voice, but I was disappointed with this book. There are scores of exercises and stretches given, but there's not enough focus on which exercises work for which problems. There's a "try everything" mentality here, with the assumption that one has multiple hours per day to maintain one's body. The book explains how the body works but is weak at tying that information to good advice on what to do to prevent and repair. It's almost as if the book were written by an overly cautious attorney who's afraid to give any advice on the chance that it might not work for someone. It's the old "vague is better because it's safer" approach. Recommendations are so generic as to be commonsense. While there's plenty of impressive and arcane anatomical verbiage, the drawings accompanying the text don't label the parts referred to in the text, making understanding difficult. All the stretches and exercises are lumped together at the end of the book, one after another, with little explanation. The drawings are amateurish, with some of the line drawn models looking more like monkeys than humans. Part of what made this book seem so unimpressive was that I ordered it along with another book that was incredibly good: Allan Levy's Sports Injury Handbook. The contrast in quality between the two books was startling. See my review there.
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95 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Mohamed F. El-Hewie on January 30, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book would have easily won five stars had its authors strived to respect the intelligence of its readers. Although the book mainly emphasizes body maintenance and repair, it presents extensive tips and exercises to do more than its title indicates. The major flaw with the book presentation is its authors' short-winded style of sloppiness and poor research.

The Table of Contents demonstrates the clear goals of the book in systematic and scientific manner. Chapter One, "The Back", also stresses that clear goal, by making the spine the center of attention of any physical rehabilitation and maintenance. Troubles start from Chapter 2 on, as follows.

1- In the first nine chapters, there is sloppy redundancy of "copy and paste" of paragraphs. You will read the same paragraphs on "rheumatoid arthritis", "arthritis", "spasm", "muscle tightness", "trigger points", "osteoarthritis", "rest", and so on, so many times as if you are reading the same chapter nine times in the same book. Even many of these chapters end with the same paragraph, with the word "mechanics".

2- Although the book graphics are scientific and serve the purpose of simplification and clarification, some of the drawings are poorly labeled and poorly representative. The drawings of the hip anatomy in chapter 7, for example, do not show the hip abductors. Most of the drawings of posture and gait do not demonstrate the real dynamics of human body of scapular, spinal, or pelvic contours during motion. They are drawn by artists inexperienced in human anatomy.

3- Although most of chapters 10 to 17 are informative and concise, some of them are unnecessarily abbreviated. Chapter 13, "Body Weight", for example, is merely two pages.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 2000
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...read a book. Especially this book. Anyone who has suffered an injury, the insult of surgery, the subsequent humiliation of physical therapy, should read this book. Despite the naive illustrations, the authors provide a treasure trove of information on how to perform rehabilitation exercises and stretches.
I feel lucky to have discovered this book. A little over a year ago I had knee surgery. Unfortunately, as the right knee continued to improve, I developed pain in the left hip. My physical therapist told me to gut it out and take aspirin.
A year and two months after my surgery (and seven months out of phys therapy) I could not lift my left leg above four inches without debilitating pain. While in the library, I discovered this book and decided to give the stretches a try.
Well, now I have full range-of-motion and just marginal discomfort. I have been performing the stretches and exercises faithfully for six weeks. It works.
I recommend this book for anyone who has an interest in how the body works, whether you're a weekend warrior or a sedentary type.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 26, 1999
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This is an excellent supplemental book. It provides a wide range of information in a limited amount of text. The chapters are informative and detailed, yet interesting. This would be a great book to have for a reference or quick study. I also found the many drawings of different exercises most helpful.
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 17, 1999
Format: Paperback
As a practicing physical therapist I approved of most of the information and exercises, however there were some exercises I would deem potentially harmful to some individuals. I would recommend checking with your physical therapist before beginning them - particularly if you have a low back problem.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 22, 2001
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I originally checked this book out from my local library. I have had low back trouble, been working with a physical therapist at a local health club, and wanted to know if there was more I could do on my own. This book allows you to look for a specific body area, read about it in an easy-to-read format that is non-technical, yet gives brief definitions and terminology that you might hear from your dr. It then lists recommended stretching and strengthening exercises. The back of the book contains simple drawings demonstrating the stretches or strengthening exercises. It targets back, hips, shoulders, etc. for whatever area you need help in.
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