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Musculoskeletal Fatigue and Stress Fractures

November 29, 2000

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ISBN: 978-0-8493-0115-5
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  • Revision: November 29, 2000
  • Published Date: November 29, 2000
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 342
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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The famous American humorist Josh Billings once said, "The trouble with most folks ain't so much their ignorance as knowing so many things that ain't so." We all fall prey to "conventional wisdom," which is always plausible and therefore may not seem worth the effort to test. There are few areas in which this is as true as the field of exercise-related overuse injuries, and especially views about the causes and prevention of stress fractures. This edited volume summarizes the factual information about stress fractures and illustrates what is known and what is yet to be learned about these debilitating and costly fractures.

Much has been written about stress fractures, but the majority of information is found in widely dispersed journal articles that cover the disparate fields of sports medicine, radiology, veterinary medicine, orthopedics, anatomy, and military medicine. This information is brought together in one location, providing a holistic and well-rounded view of all aspects of the pathophysiology, clinical diagnosis, and treatment of stress fractures for easy reference by the physician, physical therapist, athletic trainer, veterinarian, or basic scientist. We believe that this volume provides the most comprehensive treatment of stress fracture etiology, prevention, and treatment since the classic book by Devas was published more than a quarter of a century ago. In the intervening years, there has been significant new information brought forth about stress fractures, based on epidemiologic and experimental studies. The book provides a complete picture of stress fracture pathophysiology, including the role that other tissues such as muscle may play in the prevention or acceleration of fracture. The first glimpse of the histological presentation of a stress fracture is provided, as well as new data describing in vivo measurements of strain in regions where stress fractures are prone to occur. The intent of Musculoskeletal Fatigue and Stress Fractures is to provide a badly needed update that summarizes current thought and integrates the most recent basic and clinical research and epidemiologic findings, related to stress fractures.

Musculoskeletal Fatigue and Stress Fractures is intended to be used as a reference for a wide spectrum of readers, including health care practitioners, research scientists, and others who work with animal or human populations subject to stress fractures. The chapters are written by highly respected experts in the fields of skeletal physiology, sports medicine, and orthopedics, and describe the epidemiology and pathophysiology of stress fractures, animal models used to study the injury, as well as new directions for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Chapters on prevention and treatment of stress fractures will be of particular interest to athletic trainers, physical therapists, and sports physicians. Researchers may find this book helpful in summarizing the state of current experimental studies, and will readily notice that our understanding of stress fractures is hampered by the absence of a good animal model. For clinicians, this volume provides the best and most complete review of clinical diagnostic and treatment protocols that can be found. Athletic trainers will find information to help them improve performance and redesign training protocols for maximum efficiency.

The authors and editors hope that you will find this volume useful, and that it will challenge your own preconceived notions in ways that will stimulate further research and modification of treatment to ultimately benefit individuals at risk for these injuries.