June 14, 1985

Sports Medicine

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edited by Richard H. Strauss, 560 pp, 157 illus, $45, Philadelphia, WB Saunders Co, 1984.

JAMA. 1985;253(22):3322-3323. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03350460124039

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This multiauthored text edited by Dr Strauss is a comprehensive presentation on nontraumatic medical problems in sports and exercise. It is primarily intended for physicians but could also be useful to physical therapists, trainers, and exercise physiologists. Although containing much technical material, the text is written in a style that would not overwhelm nonphysicians with an adequate background in human anatomy and physiology.

The book is organized into five sections. The first two deal with general medical concerns of the athlete, with chapters organized according to organ systems. Emphasis is given to the cardiovascular system.

Chapters in the third section represent medical concerns of special sports participants—women, children, persons with chronic medical problems, the physically disabled, and the elderly.

The fourth section lists environmental concerns in sports—heat, cold, altitude, and depth. The last section deals with selected topics of nutrition, drugs, travel, and sports psychology.

The knowledgeable chapter authors write