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Levy, team doctor for the New York Giants football team, and writer Fuerst collaborate in this handbook for serious amateur athletes. One section deals with major body parts (e.g., "The Shoulder"), common injuries, and prevention or rehabilitation. Though anatomical drawings would have clarified this section, symbols indicate which injuries require a doctor's care and which respond to first aid. Other sections describe common injuries in 19 sports and cover basic workouts, nutrition, first aid, basic sports physiology, and problems that are unique to women, children, and senior athletes. Complex concepts are explained clearly and related to the athlete's training. The exercises are well illustrated, and anecdotes from pro sports (e.g., Bo Jackson's hip injury) let readers identify with the pros, if only through injuries. Nontechnical language sets this practical book apart from others in the field. Recommended for both academic and public libraries. - Kathy Ruffle, Coll. of New Caledonia Lib., Prince George, B.C. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From the Publisher
With over 30 years experience in treating professional athletes suffering from every kind of sports injury, Dr. Levy (team physician for the New York Giants) explains how to condition, improve performance and strengthen the body to avoid injury; how to diagnose impairment that needs medical attention along with proven techniques for treating on-the-spot injuries in order to minimize problems and costly trips to the doctor. Offers excellent advice on nutrition, diet and eating and addresses the special problems and concerns of females, children and older athletes. Organized by types of injury and referenced to individual sports, it also contains numerous stories and anecdotes from professional athletes.
I had a repetitive stress injury to my shoulder from work. I suspected that it wasn't major and bought several books to start myself on an exercise program that would strengthen my shoulders and upper body. I bought this book, Anatomy for Strength and Fitness Training, and the APTA Book of Body Maintenance and Repair. While the other two books had a breadth of knowledge about exercises for each part of the body, this book was PRICELESS in that it actually helped describe what happens in shoulder injuries. Getting this book was a lightbulb moment for me and has helped tremendously in my attitude towards my shoulders since reading it, specifically the importance of strengthening the surrounding rotator cuff and shoulder muscles to prevent further injuries. Dr. Levy had good insight about specific injuries because he has seen so many athletic injuries- he provides good examples in the book of what does and doesn't work and I trust most of the advice. I wouldn't solely take the advice of this book without checking into several resources and corroborating, but most of it seems to be extremely sound.
An excellent book. At the age of 40 I pay for my active lifestyle with some aches and pains; this book is helping me live pain free. Unlike many PT type books, Levy is specific with his advice, not making you waste your time on dozens of stretches and exercises. He'll lead you directly to what you need to know to fix the problem. Other books seem shy about recommending specific exercises for specific problems; Levy's not. I ordered several of these types of books at once and eventually resold all the others. This is the one I kept.