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Humans were not designed to sit at desks all day and in front of televisions all evening, and this physical inactivity is related to a host of health-related issues. Increasing physical activity is one very powerful way to mitigate many of the health issues we face today, and programs such as the Healthy People 2020 initiative and the Exercise is Medicine campaign encourage individuals to remain active throughout their lifetime.

As people become more involved in sport and exercise, sports medicine becomes increasingly important, and Clinical Sports Medicine has understandably become what we in the US refer to as the “PDR” (Physicians' Desk Reference) of sports medicine. For my UK colleagues the translation is “BNF” (British National Formulary). This text is extremely comprehensive, covering fundamental principles of biomechanics, diagnosis and treatment, regional musculoskeletal injuries, and medical problems. The text also addresses those practical issues of sports medicine that are often missing from other texts, such as dealing with athletic teams, covering endurance events, and working with the elite athlete.

The organization of the text makes it remarkably easy to use, including such features as color-coded book sections, flow diagrams to reinforce concepts, and tables that clearly organize information. Vicky Earle's anatomical drawings are truly among the best in the business. All these features put an astounding wealth of information at the reader's fingertips. This information has been assembled by a group of over 100 experienced and world-class physical therapists, physicians, and scientists. These co-authors provide up-to-date references when available, and clearly state when evidence is lacking.

This updated, fourth edition includes 200 new photos/graphics and 13 new chapters on current topics, including Integrating evidence into clinical practice, Principles of activity promotion, and Medical emergencies in sport. The editors continue to add to the clinically relevant topics with one of my favorites being what I call “How to manage the patient who has seen everyone and wants a cure from you!” (Chapter 41).

An innovative and exciting addition to this edition is the integration of the Clinical Sports Medicine masterclasses that allow you, through videos and podcasts on the Clinical Sports Medicine website, to learn directly from the experts. These masterclasses, which will be updated regularly, provide a remarkably dynamic component to the text.

It is exciting to watch Clinical Sports Medicine evolve substantially with each edition. The editors' focus of this text is to “help clinicians help patients” and they have clearly hit their mark. This book is an absolute must-have for any sports medicine professional.

Professor Irene Davis, PT, PhD, FACSM, FAPTA, FASB

Director, Spaulding National Running Center

Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Harvard Medical School

Spaulding-Cambridge Outpatient Center

Cambridge, MA, USA

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