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Low Back Disorders, Second Edition Hardcover – August 13, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0736066921 ISBN-10: 0736066926 Edition: 2nd

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  • Hardcover: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics; 2 edition (August 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736066926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736066921
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 8.8 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,593 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""McGill's text on "Low Back Disorders" is one that every treating clinician should have for their own professional library.""-"AAESS News "(Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science) ""This is a fine blend between science and practical application by a credible author. The author is in a unique position to share his own valuable research and clinical experience to advance the treatment of alleviating low back disorders." "Doody's Book Review Service

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"McGill's text on Low Back Disorders is one that every treating clinician should have for their own professional library."
-AAESS News (Australian Association for Exercise and Sports Science)

"This is a fine blend between science and practical application by a credible author. The author is in a unique position to share his own valuable research and clinical experience to advance the treatment of alleviating low back disorders."
–Doody's Book Review Service

"McGill has created an outstanding scientific work on the prevention and rehabilitation of low back disorders."
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Stuart McGill does a first-class job in giving us the fundamentals.
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The take away lesson is that this book has great information but one needs to know when to apply it.
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This book should be required reading for low back pain patients and their care givers.
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91 of 97 people found the following review helpful By T. Jordan on January 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Everyone who deals with backs, either in sports (athletes, coaches, trainers), physicians, therapists, and back pain patients themselves, should read this book. I am a physician who specializes in back disorders and back pain. I have followed Dr. McGill's reseach for many years and it has revolutionized my practice like nothing else. One of my top priorities with back pain patients is to review what exercises they have been given in the past. I invariably stop them from doing several excercises that Dr. McGill's research has proven to be quite harmful for the back. I Substitute the 'big three' excercises that are described in this book, and many of the patients need no further intervention. There is a great deal of misinformation regarding back excercise, and many of the excercise routines used in sports, schools, military, and fitness centers are harmful. That is why this book is so important; not because it gives another fitness guru's opinion, but because it gives good, scientifically based facts on one of the tougher clinical issues from a world renown expert. Thank you Dr. McGill - keep the research coming!

Also check out Dr. McGill's other book "Ultimate back fitness and performance" for a less technically dense description of many of the same issues.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Pam "run2fast" on November 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a great evidence-based book, meaning that the information it covers is backed-up by research. On almost every page you can find multiple citations of published studies- which can provide a great starting point for a literature search if a topic interests you.

The book is divided up into 3 parts:

-Scientific Foundation, where you get a lot of general info about various topics such as anatomy of the spine, back belts, the epidemiology of back pain, and so on

-Injury Prevention, where you learn about, well, the research on preventing back problems

-Low Back Rehab, where you learn about the author's 5-stage back training program

The book definitely emphasizes spinal stability, and rightly so, as the research strongly supports this intervention. Unsafe exercises are discussed as well.

With lots of pictures and a not-too-technical tone, I can certainly recommend that anyone who deals with low back pain patients check it out. Other evidence-based back books I liked include Treat Your Own Spinal Stenosis.
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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Ruth Shannon on December 25, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a superb book that is useful for both clinicians and patients alike. Using methods based on electromyographic measurements published by McGill and his colleagues in many scientific journals, he ascertains which muscles are activated in a variety of exercises. This becomes important for patients who have low back problems and must avoid heavy spine loads both in the fitness center and at work. He lists a variety of commonly prescribed exercises that should be avoided by persons with low back problems: sit ups, pelvic tilts, leg raises, low back extension exercises on machines and hip flexion exercises using the Roman chair. He then recommends a series of exercises that are designed to strengthen back muscles and stabilize the spine while at the same time minimizing spinal compression that could exacerbate back problems: the curl-up, side bridges and "bird dog" leg extensions.

This book should be recommended reading for all physical therapists and strength trainers with clients having low back problems and is a must for those suffering from low back pains.
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This is a vital book concerning one of the major problems of our modern life.
Prof. Stuart McGill is a professor in the Dep't of Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo, Ontario. He is the director of its Spine Biomechanics Laboratory.
This is his famous textbook, "Low Back Disorders", which examines back injuries in the light of biomechanics' scientific knowledge, and prescribes exercises and tests for the rehabilitation of injured backs and the prevention of future injuries.
The book has 241 pages of solid, dense text and extremely valuable information, with a great number of pictures and tables. And it comes in a superb hard cover. You get full value for the money.

"Low Back Disorders" is primarily geared to professionals in back treatment and rehabilitation, who want to become more sophisticated practitioners and learn the scientific facts underlying rehab techniques.
But, in the same light, this book is also essential for any member of the 3F club (Physical Fitness Fanatics) concerned about the impact on the back of fitness training and athletic practices.
Saving one's back from injury is vital, the more so that most physical fitness fanatics are urban professionals who tend to spend a large portion of their lives sitting, not a natural posture for the architecture of the back, and as they grow older, when the back becomes more fragile and vulnerable.

Stuart McGill assumes that most readers are not familiar with the full scientific facts of back architecture and function. So, he starts with the very basics and gives us a primer on "Essentials of the Back 101".
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