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‘Helping clinicians help patients’ has been the clear focus of Clinical Sports Medicine from its inception. This edition brings you more authors, more artwork and more evidence. We are fortunate that many reading this will already have Clinical Sports Medicine in their library, so you are asking, ‘What’s new?’

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  • The complete focus on sports injuries for 1034 pages. So many advances, we had to make a volume just for injuries. We decided to call it Injuries.

  • The giants of sports medicine and sports physiotherapy joining us on the front cover—our seven editors. You know their work and now they have distilled their best for your benefit (see below and on the Editors page).

  • The artwork. Vicky Earle’s artwork is recognised the world over, the way Dr Frank Netter’s was in the 1900s. You may not know the name, but you have seen the tendons, the groin entities and the BJSM covers. Five hundred new illustrations to clarify our field.

  • Fifteen new chapters. (See new content, below.)

  • More than 4000 references—the solid foundation. As Chapter 2 tells us, we do not yet have all the evidence we would like to have, and clinical advances can outpace the science, but ultimately the scientific method underpins quality care.

  • The unprecedented complementary social media—Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the www.clinicalsportsmedicine.com website. This content will have shelf life until 2020 and we will continually update it with the existing digital methods and those that have not yet been invented.

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Editors and authors

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Volume 1—Injuries reflects the generosity of seven sports physiotherapy and sports medicine editors. Ben Clarsen (senior editor), Jill Cook, Ann Cools, Kay Crossley, Mark Hutchinson, Paul McCrory and Roald Bahr share their passion for helping patients and educating clearly. Our 121 chapter authors and contributors represent 19 countries. Recruited for their first edition, alongside editors Cools and Clarsen, are Rintje Agricola, Hamish Anderson, Sam Blanchard, Jeffrey Boyle, Darren Burgess, Phil Burt, Bojan Buvka, Graeme Close, Natalie Collins, Chad Cook, Adam Culvenor, Michael Davison, Stefano Della Villa, Pieter D’Hooghe, Paul Dijkstra, Sean Docking, Deborah Falla, Rodney French, Tim Gabbett, Phil Glasgow, Adam Gledhill, Alison Grimaldi, Fares Haddad, Toby Hall, Shona Halson, Roger Hawkes, Greg Hoy, Steven Kamper, Vasileios Korakakis, Alex Kountouris, Karl Landorf, Adam Meakins, Håvard Moksnes, Grethe Myklebust, Andrew Nealon, Ian Needlman, Kieran O’Sullivan, Peter O’Sullivan, Jon Patricios, Noel Pollock, Nebojsa Popovic, Michael Rathleff, Ebonie Rio, Ewa Roos, Stephen Simons, Geoffrey St George, Raj Subbu, Stephen Targett, Kristian Thorborg, Elsbeth van Dorssen, Stuart Warden, Adam Weir, Liam West and Fiona Wilson.

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New content

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Five years is a long time in our field. Major advances, such as high quality evidence for physiotherapy rehabilitation in the management of acute knee injuries, new algorithms for the treatment of shoulder pain and fresh space for the biopsychosocial model are included. The shoulder and knee will remain the shoulder and knee for the next 100 years but chapters can be completely renovated between editions, by new authors. The following chapters have new authors with new diagnostic approaches and new treatments to benefit the clinician.

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  • Chapter 1: Paul Dijkstra and Stefano Della Villa outline the team approach to sports medicine.

  • Chapters 3 and 4: Stuart Warden shares the latest mechanistic understanding of acute and overuse injury.

  • Chapter 6: Ebonie Rio builds on Lorimer Moseley’s chapter on pain (Chapter 5) for the clinician.

  • Chapter 9: Experts in their fields share decades each of experience in assessing patients for sport-specific biomechanical errors.

  • Chapter 10: Darren Burgess gives clinicians insight into the principles that underpin training at the very top level of sport and how these apply at the community level.

  • Chapter 11: Paul Hodges summarises 20 years of thinking about core stability.

  • Chapter 14: Chad Cook clarifies the numerical basis that should underpin clinical reasoning and assessment.

  • Chapter 15: Ali Guermazi partners with fellow radiologist Bruce Forster, and clinician Jon Patricios, to simplify accurate diagnosis including MRI interpretation for every clinician.

  • Chapter 16: Natalie Collins launches Clinical Sports Medicine squarely into the world of PROMs—patient-reported outcome measures.

  • Chapter 17: Ben Clarsen threw away the fourth edition chapter and built a new treatment chapter with international leaders in the different disciplines.

  • Chapter 19: Ian Shrier outlines the StARRT model for return to play.

  • Chapter 21: Toby Hall brings a very practical physiotherapy focus to headache.

  • Chapter 23: Together with Deborah Falla, Gwen Jull unravels neck pain and provides detailed treatment principles and tips.

  • Chapter 24: Ann Cools shares her 20 years’ experience in assessing and managing shoulder pain.

  • Chapters 26 and 27: Greg Hoy led the extensive revision of the wrist pain and hand and finger injuries chapters, highlighting new treatments and new conditions.

  • Chapter 29: Peter O’Sullivan incorporates the biopsychosocial approach to back pain assessment and management. See the very clinical patient triage outline in Figure 29.2.

  • Chapter 30: Adam Meakins describes and illustrates (51 images) how to treat buttock pain using exercises as the foundation.

  • Chapter 32: Adam Weir skilfully extracted the most useful clinical discoveries from the first world conference on groin pain.

  • Chapter 35: Sports knee surgeons and physiotherapists combine to highlight what is working and what is not working for patients in this rapidly changing field.

  • Chapter 43: Karl Landorf and Michael Rathleff are the world leaders on plantar fasciopathy. They provide a major new section inside the important foot pain chapter.

  • Chapter 46: Stephen Targett applies his vast experience of periodic medical assessment to issues such as cardiac clearance, and giving advice that influences contracts worth millions of dollars when doing professional athlete transfer medicals.

  • Chapter 47: Liam West hit the refresh button on working and travelling with teams and included essentials such as indemnity and emergency preparation.

  • Chapter 48: Michael Davison introduces the junior clinician to the global world of sports medicine and sports physiotherapy—A ‘how to’ on career development. (Spoiler alert: hard work is involved!)

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No single profession has all the answers required to treat every ill or injured athlete or enthusiast. Volume 1—Injuries was created by a champion team. We are confident that, whatever your training, Clinical Sports Medicine fifth edition will reinforce and refine existing knowledge and techniques, and introduce useful new approaches for your clinical practice as well as for your teaching of our wonderful vocation.

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