Essentials of Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant 2nd Edition PDF Free Download
Essentials of Kinesiology for the Physical Therapist Assistant is intended to provide students with a firm foundation of kinesiology—the study of human movement. This text focuses strongly on the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system, serving as prerequisite subject matter for all aspects of physical therapist assistant (PTA) practice. Thorough yet clear explanations of normal human movement set the stage for relevant discussions of many common compensatory strategies, treatment techniques, and abnormal movement patterns. Vivid anatomic detail of bones, joints, supporting ligaments, and muscles is interwoven with an emphasis on clinical relevance for the PTA. Kinesiology is the heart of physical therapy practice, regardless of the precise role of the practitioner. Furthermore, a firm understanding of kinesiology is based on a solid background in the anatomy and function of the musculoskeletal system. This knowledge sets the stage for understanding the basis for normal and abnormal movement. Only with this knowledge can the clinician clearly treat dysfunctional, labored, weakened, or painful movement. Audience This book is intended primarily for students in PTA programs and those seeking a pre–physical therapy degree. However, its usefulness does not end there. The text is also a valuable tool for practicing PTAs or for any student or professional seeking a clear, clinically relevant introduction to kinesiology. Unique Author Team By combining our experiences, we are able to offer the PTA community a comprehensive, anatomically rich, and clinically relevant textbook on kinesiology. Paul Jackson Mansfield has practiced physical therapy for 16 years and at present is the director of the physical therapist assistant program at Milwaukee Area Technical College. Mr. Mansfield also teaches extensively in the program, including courses in kinesiology, musculoskeletal anatomy, orthopedics, advanced therapeutic exercise, and neuromuscular rehabilitation.