3D Anatomy: Resistance Training (Primal Pictures) – DVD review by sportEX

January 20, 2010

Title – 3D Anatomy: Resistance Training
Author – Jeffrey M. Willardson
Publisher – Primal Pictures Ltd, ISBN – 978-1-907061
Cost – £145.00
Reviewer Bob Bramah, physiotherapist and sports massage practitioner

Target audience – This DVD-ROM is intended for fitness professionals and students.

Overview – This new addition to the Primal Pictures range focuses on anatomy relevant to resistance training. The explanatory text can be saved or printed and all the features can be exported into PowerPoint presentations. The anatomy section is similar to the ones in other Primal Pictures titles, offering the same ability to rotate the image and view layers from superficial to deep. Movie clips show live action exercises being performed. Animations of the same exercises can be viewed from 360 degrees and they highlight
the stretch–shortening cycle of the muscle groups in use. There are also written instructions for correctly executing the exercises. A final section contains an interactive test.

Key features – The material is arranged in five sections. The section on 3D anatomy gives detailed, labelled 3D models covering bones, joints, joint actions, muscles, and respiratory and cardiovascular systems. The muscle atlas shows 148 individual muscles in isolation. Muscle function animations include 43 3D animations of normal muscle function during movement of the joints. The resistance training section includes live action and animations demonstrating the function of muscles during exercise. The final section contains multiple choice questions.

Style – It follows the familiar Primal Pictures skeleton figure onto which you can add or subtract layers of soft tissue and rotate the viewpoint around 360 degrees. Clicking onto a muscle outlines its shape, labels it and reveals a text box with details of its actions, reviews books and dvds dvd and book reviews attachments and innervation.

Overall opinion – Other Primal Pictures products, such as their Interactive Regional range, are more detailed in the specific anatomy but this DVD-ROM has a very specific focus on resistance training. The animations in particular bring the anatomy to life and add an extra dimension to the more usual 2D images found in text books. This material will be useful to students in any musculoskeletal discipline and may be used as a demonstration aid for clients.

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Soft Tissue Release by Jane Johnson – sportEX book review

January 20, 2010

Title – Soft Tissue Release by  Jane Johnson
Publisher – Human Kinetics, ISBN – 978-0-7360-7712-5
Cost – £14.99
Reviewed by Joan M Watt, physiotherapist, sports massage practitioner and president of the Sports Massage Association

Target audience – The preface states that the book is for “all therapists wishing to add to their existing skills” and it suggests that “because the techniques may also be performed through clothing” it may be beneficial to fitness instructors, sport coaches, sport therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, chiropractors and other body workers.

Overview – The book is intended to explain the differences between the three types of soft tissue release and it gives very clear instructions on their application to various parts of the body. It is well illustrated and also describes very clearly the advantages and disadvantages of each technique. The purpose as stated is to teach the reader how to perform the techniques, how to apply them to various parts of the body, and how to incorporate them into the reader’s own treatment programme.

Key features – The book is divided into four parts. Part 1 is entitled “Getting started with Soft Tissue Release.” Part 2 covers soft tissue release techniques. Part 3 looks at applying soft tissue release and Part 4 addresses soft tissue release programmes. Style – This book is part of the Hands-On Guides for Therapists series produced by Human Kinetics. As such it is more than a conventional text book and delivers the promise to be a step-by-step guide that allows the reader to be able to use the described techniques with their clients. There are plenty of very good illustrations and photos showing stance, the position of the client and therapist and the exact technique being described. Client “talk boxes” give specific examples of using specific techniques for particular problems. The questions posed are very helpful for ensuring that the reader has grasped the content.

Overall opinion – This was a very easy book to read and it was simple to understand the techniques. It would certainly be an asset to any therapists who are learning the techniques for the first time or who want to enhance their techniques and ensure they are being utilised efficiently. For this price, I would recommend the book as an excellent
buy for individual practitioners as well as an addition to any library.

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