Upon initial glance of the written material, its contents did not seem novel to a contemporary sport medicine professional. I was simply satisfied with the purchase. All the information included within was comprehensible and therefore, since no paragraph required a re-read, nothing new was likely taken away from A & C. Many of its principles have already been incorporated in current practice with athletes and general patients alike and thus, I was eagerly awaiting the DVD in order to form my opinion and share it with anyone reading.
In conjunction with the manual, the first DVD addressed Assessment techniques aimed at evaluating both static posture and dynamic movement patterns, as well as enabling the user to identify potential biomechanical risk factors for injury. The second disc followed the assessment procedure up with Corrective techniques to be utilized based on the assessment results.
Assess and Correct bridges the gap between sport medicine and sport performance and in my opinion, empowers coaches, athletes, trainers with the ability to train not only properly, but subsequently EFFECTIVELY. While the content within the manual was straight forward and relatively simple to comprehend, upon second look, its structure and layout may in fact be its "6th man." The coaching cues were well thought of and when used at the right moments can prove to be highly effective for facilitating ideal movement patterns in corrective exercise.
As with programming and rehabilitation, the exercise progressions are perhaps more valuable than the exercises themselves. The authors incorporate an effective progression of corrective exercise and as someone who constantly seeks ways to maximize progression while minimizing risk of injury , I would like to recommend that this aspect of Assess and Correct should not go unnoticed. Similarly, the verbal dialogue accompanying the DVD contains highly important, quality information and thus, the instructions given within should also be noted with intent.
Lastly, looking back at the soft-tissue guide, this resource is valuable in that it is simple yet comprehensive. The background information and instructions contained within can be readily accessed and therefore, utilized in mere seconds.
As a follow up to Assess and Correct, I would like to see the incorporation and differentiation of specific structures involved in the various assessments. Understandably, the importance of efficiency of movement is paramount, yet for the sport medicine practitioner, the ability to identify specific structures involved in movement impairments is vital in the facilitation of sports performance. Thus, its incorporation in an edition specifically for sports medicine professionals, would certainly take this resource to the next level.