Skeletal Muscle Structure, Function and Plasticity: The Physiological Bases of Rehabilitation.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Olds, Margie
Pub Date: 03/01/2011
Publication: Name: New Zealand Journal of Physiotherapy Publisher: New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2011 New Zealand Society of Physiotherapists ISSN: 0303-7193
Issue: Date: March, 2011 Source Volume: 39 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Skeletal Muscle Structure, Function and Plasticity: The Physiological Bases of Rehabilitation (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Lieber, R.
Accession Number: 263880345
Full Text: Skeletal Muscle Structure, Function and Plasticity: The Physiological Bases of Rehabilitation. (3rd Edn 2010)

Lieber, R. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, USA. ISBN 978-0-7817-7593-9. Hardcover (304 pages). RRP: NZ$146.99

Richard Lieber, author of over 200 journal articles relating to skeletal muscle structure and function, has written this book to convey his passion to students and therapists. He has achieved this in an informative and interesting way. The text presents the evidence based science of muscle structure and plasticity in a simple and easily digestible manner which, nonetheless, requires focused concentration and is probably

better read in small chunks than from cover to cover.

This book is a comprehensive and up-to date resource for therapists wishing to understand the implications of injury, disuse and rehabilitation upon skeletal muscle. Every chapter is well referenced and there are no obvious gaps in the content. The book is well structured and follows an obvious progression with the first three chapters focused on basic anatomy and physiology of muscle while the last four chapters review the adaptive capacity of the muscle. Chapter titles include: skeletal muscle anatomy and physiology, the production of movement, skeletal muscle adaptation to increased use, skeletal muscle adaptation to decreased use and skeletal muscle response to injury. The addition of a chapter on muscle spasticity is new for this edition and this book thereby provides a comprehensive review of the adaptive capacity of skeletal muscle. Each chapter follows a set format: Chapter Overview, Educational Objectives, Clinical Problems, Question and Answer boxes, Therapist Comments, Figures and Tables and a Chapter Summary. The addition of clinical problems and therapist comments help make the information more readily understood. The numerous tables and figures also aid understanding. Sadly, colour figures / images are limited to the beginning of the text; the integration of these figures into the respective chapters would have increased the flow / readability of the text.

This book is written for physiotherapists looking to extend their understanding of the adaptive capacity of skeletal muscle and refresh the basic anatomy and physiology of skeletal muscle. Undergraduate physiotherapy students may also find it useful for a complete understanding of skeletal muscle function and plasticity. It is not designed for clients or lay-persons without an interest in skeletal muscle. The book provides a resource for therapists wishing to refresh their knowledge of muscle physiology, muscle anatomy and the response of the muscle to external influences. Some prior knowledge of skeletal anatomy and physiology would be useful, although the book reviews these basic concepts at the beginning. In summary, this book is a fantastic resource for those looking to extend / refresh their knowledge of skeletal muscle function and its adaptive capacity.

Margie Olds MSc, BPhty, MNZCP

Post Graduate Physiotherapy Clinical Coordinator, AUT University, Auckland
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