One of the most popular posts over the lifetime of this website has been my “essential reading list.” For those that haven’t a had chance to read it, I polled many experts in a variety of rehab, sports medicine, manual therapy, and fitness fields to find out what books that they feel make a lasting impact on their clinical development. Together, these became the Essential Reading List. I envisioned this as a huge resource for students, new grads, and experienced clinicians looking to learn new things. There are so many resources out there, these are the ones that the experts in the field recommend!
I want to do my best to keep this current and would like to add two new books that came out this year to my Essential Reading List for 2010. The two new books are below followed by the original list.
New Additions for 2010
Best Physical Therapy Books
The following section of books provide overviews on a broad range of topics and, as you can see, build from general musculoskeletal rehab to more advanced orthopedic and sports medicine topics. These should be of interest to all, not just physical therapists, as they provide a great amount of information regarding injuries and treatment that may not otherwise be covered in athletic training or strength and conditioning books:
Best Rehabilitation Books – Extremities
After tackling the general rehabilitation topics, many people are then interested in specializing in specific joints. While excellent overviews, the books above are not designed to go into great detail. Consider the list below the next step in becoming more specific and advancing your knowledge with individual joints.
Best Rehabilitation Books – Spine
Good spine books are actually hard to come by, which makes the following books even more essential. The first group of books are general overviews, but excellent additions to your library.
The next section of spine books are based on popular treatment methods, the names you have heard before like Maitland and McKenzie. I myself am not a subscriber to one specific theory so I actually own all of these books and use what I feel is the best from each. My thought is that an integrated approach is always better than sticking to just one approach, but I am sure that others would disagree.
Best Clinical Examination Books
Clinical examination books are important tools when attempting to diagnosis an injury. These are often times the most popular books lying around rehabilitation clinics and training rooms.
Best Athletic Training Books
The concepts behind the following athletic training based books are probably simplistic at best for an athletic trainer, but for physical therapists and strength and conditioning specialists, these books can come in handy when trying to understand the acute care of athletic injuries.
Best Manual Therapy Books
I couldn’t think of the perfect title for this section, so I ended up with just “Manual Therapy.” This is intended to include books that discuss manual therapy and bodywork techniques. This is an area that is not covered well in most physical therapy, athletic training, and strength and conditioning education programs, so to me this is one of the most important sections. I always admit that this was an area that I did not pay attention to early in my career and I regret this. Expand your mind and enhance your clinical skills with the following.
Best Strength and Conditioning Books
The following books are intended mainly for the strength and conditioning specialists, but as a physical therapist and an athletic trainer, I think these books should be read by all. These are the thoughts that can take your clinical skills to the next level, especially if you want to work with athletes.
Best Clinical Research Books
I believe that we should all participate in clinical research. We do not have to leave the research to the PhD’s in a lab somewhere, your patients, athletes, and clients are perfect “specimens” to study the efficacy behind many of our techniques. Getting started in research isn’t as hard as it seems, you just need a little direction. Try these books to begin.
What do you think? Did I leave out one of your favorites? Reply to this post and let me know, maybe it will make the next edition of this list in the future!
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