Professional sports is a huge industry, with much riding on the knees of even a single football player. But the playing fields are also filled with an abundance of 'weekend warriors' who value their own knees no less, and with increased participation in sports and exercise programmes, in general, comes increased risk of injury. Sports medicine is relevant not only to collegiate and professional athletes and the health professionals who treat and advise them, but also to parents and their children, amateur athletes and aging people maintaining a fitness regime. These four volumes present state-of-the-art research and evidence-based applications. The work is broad ranging, covering all aspects of sports medicine with perspectives from the medical, behavioural, and social sciences and physical education. From A-to-Z, this work covers the spectrum with entries included from such areas as body systems, regional injuries (craniofacial, shoulder, knee and so on), special populations (female, pediatric, older athletes), sport-specific injuries, rehabilitation, nutrition, substance use and abuse, sports psychology, the team physician and more.
Dr. Lyle J. Micheli is one of the world's leading authorities on sports care. He is a professor of orthopedic surgery at Harvard Medical School and a past president of the world's largest and most prestigious association of sports care professionals, the American College of Sports Medicine. Dr. Micheli is currently vice president of the International Federation of Sports Medicine and chairman of the Massachusetts Governor's Council on Fitness and Sports. In 1974, he co-founded the nation's first clinic focused exclusively on the care of young athletes. He remains director of this unit, which in 1982 became officially known as the Division of Sports Medicine at Boston Children's Hospital (Harvard Medical School). Dr. Micheli is author of hundreds of published clinical studies and scholarly review articles and books and is coauthor of The Sports Medicine Bible.
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