Indian Journal of Medical Research

BOOK REVIEW
Year
: 2013  |  Volume : 138  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 569--570

Sports therapy services - Organization and operations


JS Sandhu 
 Faculty of Sports Medicine, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143 005, India

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J S Sandhu
Faculty of Sports Medicine, Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar 143 005
India




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Sandhu J S. Sports therapy services - Organization and operations.Indian J Med Res 2013;138:569-570


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Full Text

J.E. Zachazewski, D.J. Magee, editors (Wiley-Blackwell, UK) 2012, 125 pages. Price: not mentioned.

ISBN 978-1-118-27577-1

The interest related to sports medicine has increased manifold in recent years and hence the importance of sports medicine professionals as well as the role of different health care practitioners in sports are equally intriguing. Despite of enormous literature on sports medicine, focus still weighs heavily on the role of different healthcare practitioners in providing quality services to sportspersons. Though this book is another addition in the field of sports medicine, it is the first of its kind which brings the fascinating concept of sports therapy with a new approach.

The book is published under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission in collaboration with Wiley - Blackwell. It is an impressive attempt to bring into focus the sports therapy services in a comprehensive manner. The book is well written and is divided into 10 chapters which inform us about sports therapy, role of a sports therapist and other healthcare professionals in organizing the major events at international, national and regional levels, importance of communication among different members of the sports medicine team including the athlete, consideration for the selection of appropriate therapies required by the athlete, factors involved in return to competition post injury and sports nutrition.

The first chapter is generic in nature and thoroughly covers the concept of sports therapy. The role of different members like sports physiotherapist, athletic trainer, chiropractor, etc. associated with the athlete has been well written which substantially provides a clear cut definition regarding the function of these health- care professionals engaged in sports. It also puts forth that traits like attitude, dedication, sound knowledge base, flexibility, etc. are essential for a good sports therapist.

The second chapter reflects the history of sports medicine since ancient times up till the contemporary era and the formation of organizations like International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), etc. for the betterment of sports medicine.

The next is an excellent chapter on the role as well as the importance of a sports therapist during different stages like pre-event, event and post-event. The authors of this chapter have explained in a comprehensive manner the perspective of an elite athlete participating in the major events like Olympics with regard to its expectations about specific sports and rehabilitation. It also brings into foray the perspective of physician with respect to different services like health screening and preparation of equipment at pre-event level. The information in this chapter is easily extendable to general sports events also.

Chapters 4, 5 and 6 deal with the requirements, factors and challenges involved in the organization of the major events like Olympic Games. In chapter 4, the need for therapy services and infrastructure i.e. skilled staff or the equipment required to fulfill these needs are described. In chapters 5 and 6 the issues are pertaining to logistics and treatment prior to the main event including travelling and similar considerations at the commencement of each event have been mentioned. Chapter 6 provides the checklists and requirements prior to departure, pre-competition period, during competition period as well as at the concluding stages which are very informative. The authors have provided Tables showing the physiotherapy equipment and consumable requirements for delivering therapy to a team of 200-300 athletes as well as various checklists like arrival checklist, day-to-day logistics checklist, prioritization of service provision checklist, etc.

In chapter 7 the importance of communication between the athlete and coach and other members of the sports medicine team has been emphasized. This chapter in an explicit manner reflects the steps essential for the successful patient communication process. It is necessary for effective communication between athlete and members of sports medicine team to understand and deliver clinical skills and at the same time receive feedback for optimal results.

Chapter 8 discusses the challenges faced by sports therapist while working with professional versus amateur athletes in a simple yet practical manner. The return to sports after injury has always been an issue of tremendous interest. Chapter 9 provides excellent insight into understanding the myriad aspects associated with return to the sports event post injury. The chapter also reflects the role of a sports physiotherapist in relation to other members of sports medicine team in reaching to the final decision regarding return to the sports event by an injured elite athlete.

The last chapter discusses the nutritional requirements of athlete in the prehabilitation and rehabilitation phases as well as the role of sports nutrionist and other members of sports medicine team in promoting the optimal nutrition. This chapter also addresses the challenges faced during implementation of required nutritional needs for these phases.

The book is well illustrated with photographs, figures, boxes and tables thus making it easier to read and also offers easy accessibility to grasp facts. This is perhaps the first book on sports therapy services assembled with great expertise and knowledge, which provides an impressive balance of all the components from sports injuries to the role of a sports therapist in prevention and rehabilitation to challenges and requirements during pre-event and competition phases. This book is recommended to all the health care professionals associated with sports as the issues discussed in the book have the potential to target the broad based population of sports medicine fraternity with wide approval of views and experiences.