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September 6, 1985

Sports Injuries: Mechanisms, Prevention, and Treatment

Author Affiliations

University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Newark

JAMA. 1985;254(9):1225-1226. doi:10.1001/jama.1985.03360090117033

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This fascinating compendium of the mechanisms of sports injuries and methods for their prevention deals essentially with the emergency treatment of the acute injury on the field. It is not intended as a reference to treatment in depth, but the latter chapters do go into considerable detail in specific specialty areas.

The chapters are mainly based on each major sport. Because several sports that are not popular in the United States, such as rugby, are presented by overseas authors, they provide the reader with better insight. I would have liked to have seen cricket covered as well, since, despite its rarity in the United States, it is frequently played in Canada.

A historical perspective introduces each sport, and excellent graphic pictures (especially in the chapter on football) illustrate the mechanism of the injury and the pathological damage. Ways the injury might have been prevented by better coaching, officiating (enforcement of