Sports Medicine
by Jennifer L. Minigh
August 2007, 272pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-33894-6
$50, £39, 44€, A69
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Addresses the issues relating to sports medicine, including steroid use and liability issues

Every day, newspapers and television news programs present stories on the latest controversies over healthcare and medical advances, but they do not have the space to provide detailed background on the issues. Websites and weblogs provide information from activists and partisans intent on presenting their side of a story. But where can students – or even ordinary citizens – go to obtain unbiased, detailed background on the medical issues affecting their daily lives? This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides readers and researchers a balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural issues surrounding sports medicine and its import in today’s world of healthcare.

This volume in the Health and Medical Issues Today series provides everything a student requires to understand the issues involved in sports medicine and provides a springboard for further research into the issue


    Sports Medicine is organized to provide researchers with easy access to the information they need:
  • Section 1 provides overview chapters on the background information needed to intelligently understand the issues and controversies surrounding sports medicine, such as the history of sports medicine and the most common injuries and syndromes.
  • Section 2 offers capsule examinations of the contemporary issues and debates that provoke the most heated disagreements and misunderstandings in the scientific, legal, and ethical issues surrounding sports medicine, such as doping.
  • Section 3 includes reference material on stem cells, including primary source documents from important players in the struggle over sports medicine, a timeline of important events, and an annotated bibliography of useful print and electronic resources.


"This three-part handbook presents (1) an overview and historical background, (2) capsules on heated controversies with varied viewpoints, and (3) reference material, including detailed annotations of primary source documents. Although information is available on free Web sites for many of the topics covered, e.g., common athletic injuries, legal/ethical problems, preparticipation examination questions, and ADA recommendations for athletes, this ambitious attempt at a one-stop resource may appeal to the beginning college student. Minigh introduces numerous complex issues related to sports medicine and athletic training, and illustrates her material with examples from many different amateur and professional sports. Subjects covered include careers and salaries, injury prevention/treatment, gene therapy, disabled and transgender athletes, equipment, aggression and violence, liability, HIV/AIDS and hepatitis, confidentiality, medical malpractice, advertising, nutrition and dietary supplements, and doping....Recommended. High school and general readers; lower-level undergraduates."—Choice, April 1, 2008

Health and Medical Issues Today

From the latest developments in treatment to updates on public health threats, information about health and medicine impacts lives more directly than almost any other subject. Despite a wealth of coverage online and in print media, there is still an overwhelming need for a single source to which a reader can turn for accurate, current information on an issue of concern.

The series Health and Medical Issues Today provides just such one-stop resources for those seeking solid overviews of the most controversial and persisting issues in health and psychology. Each volume offers a balanced, in-depth introduction to the medical, scientific, legal, and cultural aspects of subjects ranging from obesity to sports medicine, mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and tobacco use.
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