◾Presents a comprehensive review of adaptive sports medicine, including history, classification, technology, and medical and rehabilitative care specifically focused on athletes with disabilities
◾Contains an entire section on various adaptive sports, including paralympic events, discussing their unique medical aspects, equipment, developments and considerations
◾Includes chapters on adaptive sports event planning, policy and advocacy initiatives, and controversies
This first-of-its-kind text provides a comprehensive presentation and review of the unique aspects of adaptive sports medicine and adaptive athletes, who are increasingly active and prominent, not only individually and in local leagues and organizations but also in larger settings like the Paralympics. Divided into thematic sections, part one covers the history and natural course of the care, policies and laws that have been developed over the years for persons with disabilities, as well as the biomechanics and technology of wheelchair sports and adaptive sports prostheses. The medical considerations of the adaptive athlete comprise part two, including injury epidemiology, emergent care, and surgical and rehabilitative considerations. Part three, by far the most extensive section, discusses specific wheelchair and adaptive sports, including adaptive running, cycling, water sports and throwing sports, wheelchair basketball, softball and rugby, as well as adaptive combative and extreme sports. Selected topics, including event planning, advocacy and controversies such as doping, are covered in part four.
A comprehensive yet practical text, Adaptive Sports Medicine is a go-to resource and will be an invaluable reference for any sports medicine or primary medicine practitioner working with this unique population.
Arthur J. De Luigi, DO, MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital/Georgetown University Hospital, Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine, Washington, DC, USA
Dr. De Luigi is internationally recognized as a leader in Adaptive Sports Medicine through his extensive experience with disabled athletes, holding positions as the Medical Director and Head Team Physician for the U.S. Adaptive Alpine Ski Team, Medical Director of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Adaptive Sports Medicine Program, and coverage of Paralympic athletes at the United States Olympic Training Center.
He is currently the Head Team Physician and Director of Sports Performance for the Washington Wizards, Medical Director for the Washington Mystics, and Team Physician for the Washington Spirit.
He has served as the Medical Director of the Army Ten Miler and Co-Medical Director of the Salt Lake Marathon. Additionally, he has served as a physician for the United States Olympic Committee, U.S. Ski and Snowboarding Association, USA Basketball, USA Boxing, US Lacrosse, University of Utah, Catholic University, Salt Lake Bees baseball team (Los Angeles Angels AAA affiliate), and the Washington Nationals.