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Joint Range of Motion and Muscle Length Testing, 2nd Edition

Learn the best ways to accurately measure range of motion and muscle length with this thoroughly updated new edition. Logically organized and easy to follow, this practical text provides accurate and up-to-date information on norms for range of motion in all age groups, as well as the reliability and validity of each technique. The techniques detail measurement of both joint range of motion and muscle length testing of the spine and extremities using the goniometer, the inclinometer, and the tape measure. An effective combination of instructions, illustrations, and layout for each technique allows you to easily understand and follow the information provided. In addition, a new DVD demonstrates each measurement technique contained in the book!

  • Each chapter uses the same format for each technique, allowing you to quickly and easily identify the information you need.
  • Hundreds of photos and illustrations clearly depict the various techniques and landmarks.
  • Evidence-based information throughout includes the latest data on ROM normative values and reliability /validity studies.
  • Figures have easy-to-find dots that serve as anatomical markers, providing a fast visual reference for exactly where to place the measuring device.
  • Complete coverage of the tape measure, goniometer, and inclinometer prepare you to use any tool in the clinical setting.
  • The companion DVD contains video clips demonstrating over 100 measurement techniques.
  • A new chapter on infants and children covers specific techniques used in measuring range of motion in children, with a particular emphasis on the measurement of joint motion in infants.
  • 70 new line drawings help you align the goniometer or other tools accurately.
  • Increased coverage of techniques for measuring the motions of the extremities using the inclinometer.
  • Reorganized and updated information in each chapter incorporates the latest references and testing techniques, and includes descriptions of the arthrokinematics and functional range-of-motion requirements for each joint.


“This book provides a wealth of information regarding the theory and practice of evaluating joint motion and muscle length. Because of this text’s comprehensiveness and its easy to read format, it would be a useful resource for students, novice and experienced clinicians, particularly physiotherapists, occupational therapists and medical practitioners.” Joint Range of Motion and Muscle Length Testing January 2010

“[The book] if read through and through for the area of the body of interest, will give an informed and well-documented overview of the procedures for measuring that part of the anatomy, and the reliability and validity of those measures.” PMG, 2010 Vol. 27:1

“One of the most comprehensive range of motion and muscle length texts on the market… a great reference text for a busy orthopedic practice.”

Physical Therapy Reviews, March 2011

As a personal trainer, I’m always on the look out for more information. In this business, like many others, one should never stop learning and looking for more to learn. I’ve also been a joint-mobility expert for 10 years, and THIS book is an excellent resource to understand joints and movement futher (especially when exercise to obsessed with muscle and NOT joints). I know I am NOT a doctor or physical therapist, BUT it does make sense that personal trains must take time to learn more about joints than muscles. Yes, know your muscles and how they work as a group, but the joint have much more to them as they tend to be the victim of the abuse from muscles (be it good or bad movement).
That being said, the book is one of the better books out there in my opinion as an educated personal trainer. Other trainers who are in it for money, women, ego, or like just tell people what to do will not buy this book. On the other hand, those who care and figure out they must be aggressive with education (and not just college, but independent study as well) would benefit from this book. How much? Depends on a)if you take the time to read, remember, and understand the material in the book, b) practice while learning, c) make sure you offer joint range of motion measurements in a NON-medicinal sense (use as a measureable index and NOT as a medical or diagnostic tool) and make that clear to clients. PS: Don’t forget to purchase a quality Goniometer (search the internet).

Book notes: Pictures are black and while with red line accents and some red for muscles in drawings. People who are NOT doctors or therapists (ie, Personal Trainers) would be a little or a lot lost with some or all of the numberical data and references and literature referals. I suggest you read EVER WORD and be cautious in what you do and when you use the measurements. The teaching pictures are reasonable, but I wish they were in color, larger, and the text was more friendly.

Arrived perfectly and very thorough information. Great for detalied goniometer work, wish more was shown with inclinometer which is why I gave it a 4 instead of 5 star.

Product Details :

  • Spiral-bound: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Saunders; 2 edition (May 13, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416058842
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416058847
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 9.1 x 1 inches

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