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The Athletes Shoulder Book by Wilk, Reinold, and Andrews

Posted Dec 23 2008 9:43pm
As I posted last week, I am proud to introduce my new book, The Athletes Shoulder, 2nd Edition, that I co-edited with Kevin Wilk and Jim Andrews.  900 pages, 63 chapters and appendixes, 129 contributing authors,  3+ years in the making, and 1 incredible resource!  We have tried to make the ultimate resource for all information for the orthopedic and sports medicine shoulder patient, covering every possible topic.  I am especially proud of the prestigious contributors that joined us including some of the best surgeons (Altchek, Baker, Bigliani, Clancy, Gill, Hawkins, Romeo, Safran, Snyder), physical therapists (Davies, Ellenbecker, Irrgang, Malone) athletic trainers and strength and conditioning specialists (Crenshaw, Donatucci, Lephart, Reed, Verstegen), and biomechanist and researchers (Fleisig, Escammilla).  These authors have contributed chapters on their area of speciality and research. Below is a review of the book as well as some behind the scenes information on the making of the book.  To jump straight to more information from Amazon click here (it is currently 20% off).

The book is divided into 6 sections: Basic Science, Examination, Arthroscopy, Pathology & Surgery, Sport Specific Injuries, and Rehabilitation Principles.  There are also three appendixes: Shoulder Outcome Rating Scales, Shoulder Rehabilitation Exercise Programs, and the Thrower's Ten Exercise Program.  Let me break down each section a little more in depth:
  • Basic Science - Includes chapters on functional anatomy and clinical biomechanics as it relates to our examination and treatments.
  • Examination - Includes chapters on clinical exam techniques, a standardized functional approach, and detailed over view of diagnostic imaging for the shoulder complex.
  • Arthroscopy - Reviews the normal arthroscopic anatomy and operative techniques for arthroscopy.
  • Pathology & Surgery - 22 chapters on specific diagnoses such as subscromial impingement, PASTA and SLAP lesions, open, mini-open, and arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, instabilty, adhesive capsulitis, arthroplasty, and several nerovascular pathologies.  Each chapter reviews the specific injury, surgical management, and rehabilitation.
  • Sport Specific Injuries - Detailed reviews of injury and management of baseball, football, tennis, swimming, golf, gymnastics and special topics on the pediatric and female athlete.  Also two great chapters on the biomechanics of the shoulder during sports and EMG of the shoulder during sports.
  • Rehabilitation Principles - 20 chapters on specific rehabilitation topics such as neuromuscular control exercises and PNF for the shoulder, the role of the scapula, plyometrics, core stabilization, neurodynamic techniques, interval sport programs, and a chapter on tapping, bracing, and padding.

My Favorite Chapters
It is hard to determine exactly which of these many chapters are my favorites, but here are some of particular interest:
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair - Great overview of the surgical procedure.
  • Biomechanics of the shoulder during sports - Dr. Fleisig has put together a huge resource here!
  • Biomechanical considerations in shoulder rehabilitation exercises - A review of EMG studies and clinical rationale behind selecting exercises for the shoulder and scapula.
  • Neurodynamic techniques for the athlete's shoulder - John Tomberlin does an excellent job with this topic.
  • Core stabilization: Integration with shoulder rehabilitation - Mark Verstegen and Sue Falsone of Athletes Performance have a nice chapter on integrating the core.
  • Conditioning of the shoulder for specific sports - A collaboration from some of the best athletic trainers in Major League Baseball.
  • Shoulder outcome measures - I really wanted to have a chapter and appendix with common outcome scales.

The Making of the Book
I am not going to lie and say that the book was easy to put together or even a total joy to work on at times.  We started to develop the concept when Kevin and I were at Healthsouth, then left and started a private practice, which was then bought by another large corporation, and then I left Birmingham to join the Red Sox.  So, to say that the last 4 years went smoothly would be a lie!  A book of this magnitude with so many contributors is an organizational nightmare.  Kevin, Dr. Andrews, and I had a vision of what we wanted for the book and it was our job to make sure the chapters lived up to that expectation.

The process starts by selecting a table of contents and contacting potential contributors to write chapters (i.e. begging our friends to take time to help out our book!).  Meanwhile, Kevin, Dr. Andrews, and I had 13 chapters of our own to write.  This in itself could of been a book, but we wanted to have a large presence in our own book.  For those that have never written a chapter, we do this a lot and it still takes me a good month at least to write ONE chapter, organize tables and figures, and finalize references.

Next begins the process of collecting chapters from authors and hounding people for late chapters!  This is actually common, I think we received less than 5 chapters before our original deadline.  This may have been the most stressful part as we were trying to get quality chapters and still meet production deadlines from the publisher.

After all the chapters are received, we edit each one by hand.  My co-editors and I read each one and comment on content, quality, flow, and help with the direction of the chapter in relation to the other chapters within the book.  This portion takes some time, I basically spent every flight during the last two baseball seasons working on writing and editing these chapters.  Several players and coaches would frequently walk by and give me odd looks and make comments such as "what are you working on a book?!"  Little did they know...  We then send these back to the authors for a revision, and you guessed it, wait for more chapters to slowly roll in past the revision deadline!

After the revisions are received the publishers comb through the chapters for every imaginable typo, spelling, and grammar mistake (wish they could do this for my blob blog...) and then lay out a proof of the chapter as it will appear in the book.  Then the editors and the authors review the proofs for last minute changes.  This part if fun as you get to see each chapter with figures as they will appear in the book.  Meanwhile, the publishers are organizing the book and making an index.  (Speaking of that, take a look at the index at the back of the book, can you believe that they do that by hand!?!  I was shocked, thought for sure they would have some sort of software program to do that...)

I have to admit, though, our contributing authors and the people at Elsevier were outstanding and made the whole process as painless as possible.  They all did a great job and we are grateful for their involvement!  In the end it is exciting to see the book and I am proud of how it turned out.  I am sure you will enjoy it as well and find it a resource for years to come.

For more information on the book and to purchase from Amazon (it is currently 20% off) click here.

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