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Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention

Paul Comfort (Editor), Earle Abrahamson (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-470-98563-2
548 pages
June 2010
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This text provides a comprehensive, practical, evidence-based guide to the field. It covers each stage of the rehabilitation process from initial assessment, diagnosis and treatment, to return to pre-injury fitness and injury prevention. Presenting a holistic approach, this text also addresses the nutritional and psychological aspects of the rehabilitation process for the amateur sports enthusiast as well as elite athletes.

Divided into five parts, Parts I, II and III cover screening and assessment, the pathophysiology of sports injuries and healing and the various stages of training during the rehabilitation process. Part IV covers effective clinical decision making, and Part V covers joint specific injuries and pathologies in the shoulder, elbow wrist and hand, groin and knee.

Key features:

  • Comprehensive. Covers the complete process from diagnosis and treatment to rehabilitation and prevention of injuries.
  • Practical and relevant. Explores numerous real world case studies and sample rehabilitation programmes to show how to apply the theory in practice.
  • Cutting Edge. Presents the latest research findings in each area to provide an authoritative guide to the field.
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Table of Contents



About the editors.

List of contributors.

How to use this book.


1 Introduction to sport injury management (Jeffrey A. Russell).


2 Injury prevention and screening (Phil Barter).

3 Assessment and needs analysis (Paul Comfort and Martyn Matthews).


4 Pathophysiology of skeletal muscle injuries (Dr Lee Herrington and Paul Comfort).

5 Tendons (Dr Stephen Pearson).

6 Pathophysiology of ligament injuries (Dror Steiner).

7 Pathophysiology of skeletal injuries (Sarah Catlow).

8 Peripheral nerve injuries (Elizabeth Fowler).


9 An introduction to periodisation (Paul Comfort and Martyn Matthews).

10 Management of acute sport injury (Jeffrey A. Russell).

11 Musculoskeletal assessment (Julian Hatcher).

12 Progressive systematic functional rehabilitation (Earle Abrahamson, Victoria Hyland, Sebastian Hicks, and Christo Koukoullis).

13 Strength and conditioning (Paul Comfort and Martyn Matthews).

14 Nutritional considerations for performance and rehabilitation (Helen Matthews and Martyn Matthews).

15 Psychology and sports rehabilitation (Rhonda Cohen, Dr Sanna M. Nordin and Earle Abrahamson).

16 Clinical reasoning (Earle Abrahamson and Dr Lee Herrington).


17 Shoulder injuries in sport (Ian Horsley).

18 The elbow (Angela Clough).

19 Wrist and hand injuries in sport (Luke Heath).

20 The groin in sport (John Allen and Stuart Butler).

21 The knee (Nicholas Clark and Dr Lee Herrington).

22 Ankle complex injuries in sport (David Joyce).

23 The foot in sport (John Allen).


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Author Information

Paul Comfort (BSC (Hons), MSc, PGCAP, CSCS*D, ASCC) is a senior lecturer, programme leader for the MSc Strength and Conditioning programme at the University of Salford. Paul is also currently Head of Sports Science Support for Salford City reds Rugby League Football Club and Coordinates the Strength and Conditioning for England Lacrosse (men's squad). He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (Recertified with Distinction) (CSCS*D) with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a founder member and Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach with the United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also currently completing a part-time PhD.

Earle Abrahamson (B Phys Ed, BA Hons, MA, BPS, BASRaT, FRSM, BRCP, AHPCSA, HPCSA, PsySSA) is a principal Lecturer, teaching fellow and programme leader for the Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention programme at Middlesex University. Through his programme leadership and teaching fellowship duties, Earle has developed an interest in student learning and thinking. Earle spent the majority of his life in South Africa, studying and working, and moved to the UK in 2002. He is a South African-registered therapist and psychologist and has membership and professional registration with a number of UK authorities. Earle has worked extensively as a sports rehabilitation with national and international teams, including the world strongest man event. Earle sits on the executive committee of the British Association of Sports Rehabilitators and Trainers (BASRaT), as their student liaison of ficer. In this role he deals with and promotes the BASRaT student experience. Earle is the Middlesex University representative for the higher education academy's hospitality, leisure, sport and tourism sector. He is currently working on a professional doctorate investigating different learning approaches in the development of clinical reasoning skills on undergraduate sports rehabilitation programmes.
Earle is married to Emma and has a son, Benjamin. In his spare time he enjoys sports and is an active cricketer and tennis player. He further enjoys reading and music.

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"This book is novel in its attempt to provide evidence for sport rehabilitation. To my knowledge, this is the first book of its kind to examine the validity of tools while still providing a broad knowledge base and it will enhance the field of sports rehabilitation." (Doody's, 18 November 2011)


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Press Release

April 01, 2010
Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention

When David Beckham limped off the pitch, thereby ending his chances of appearing at the Football World Cup this summer, sports injuries and rehabilitation techniques were once again front and back page news stories. The global media attention paid to one player’s Achilles tendon is a sign of the growing importance of sports rehabilitation as a field of research. Now Paul Comfort and Earle Abramson’s pioneering new title ‘Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention’ provides the first book written exclusively for this growing discipline.

Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention provides a comprehensive, practical, evidence-based guide, covering every stage of the rehabilitation process, from initial assessment, diagnosis and treatment, through to the return to pre-injury fitness and injury prevention.

This comprehensive book, which also includes nutritional and psychological aspects of the rehabilitation process, is an engaging overview of the field, making it ideal for amateur sports enthusiasts and elite athletes alike.

“The past three years have seen the emergence of degree courses devoted to sports rehabilitation and the number is growing,” said Co-Editor Earle Abrahmson of Middlesex University.  “Currently students, graduate sports rehabilitators and sports therapists have to rely on textbooks within physiotherapy, medicine and physiology. This will be the first book written specifically for them.”

Sports Rehabilitation and Injury Prevention is divided into five parts. Parts I, II and III cover screening and assessment; the pathophysiology of sports injuries and healing; and the various stages of training during the rehabilitation process.

Part IV looks at the most common injuries in the most popular sports and explores their treatment through the complete rehabilitation process. It includes real world case studies and sample rehabilitation programmes. Part V gives useful advice on how to set up in practice as a sports rehabilitator including legal, financial and ethical issues.

 “With growing numbers of people participating in both competitive and recreational sporting and fitness activities, there has been a significant increase in both major and minor sport related injuries,” said Co-Editor Paul Comfort of the University of Salford. “The trained sport rehabilitator or therapist is concerned with the scientific evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and management of injuries as a result of sports and exercise participation, and this is the first time all of these areas are brought together in one book.”

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