Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
ISSN: 1303 - 2968   
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Book review
Editors: Lynn Van Ost
Bibliographic:  ISBN: 978-1-55642-997-2; 2012 by SLACK Incorporated, NJ, USA, 216 pages, soft cover (alk. paper), $31.95
Subjects:  Manual Muscle Testing, Neck, Trunk, Upper and Lower Extremities
Reviewed by: Ufuk Sekir, MD, Prof., Department of Sports Medicine, Medical School of Uludag University, Bursa, Turkey.
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Cram Session in Manual Muscle Testing: A Handbook for Students & Clinicians is a succinct and descriptive quick reference that provides the rehabilitation professional with a very basic approach to various manual muscle techniques. Organized in a "head to toe" format, this book takes user-friendly and efficient learning to a new level
The goal of the book, as stated in the preface, is to serve as a stand-alone quick reference for the reader in the topic of manual muscle testing. The author is purporting to make the task of manual muscle testing a bit easier to accomplish in the clinical setting
The book is written for all students and clinicians in physical therapy, occupational therapy, athletic training, orthopedics or any allied health professional who performs musculoskeletal examinations
The book is 216 pages, composed of two sections and chapters relating to 14 body regions in a "head-to-toe" format. There are over 200 photographs that illustrate testing in both the anti-gravity and gravity minimized positions. Section 1 includes the body regions of the neck and upper extremity. These are the neck, scapula, shoulder, elbow, forearm, wrist, fingers II to V and thumb. The body regions of the trunk and lower extremity, those are the trunk, hip, knee, ankle, great toe and toes II to V are subjected in section 2. Finally, there are 4 appendices that describe manual muscle testing grading, general procedures for testing, terminology and factors that may cause inaccurate muscle testing
This handbook gives basic understanding of manual muscle testing and is supplemented by concise and illustrative examples of the techniques. Each chapter about a body region is subdivided into the specific movement to be tested, active range of motion, the prime and secondary movers of the movement, the subject positions in the anti-gravity and gravity minimized situations, muscle grading for each movement and substitutions for the movement
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