© 2018

The Adolescent Athlete

A Practical Approach

  • Lyle J. Micheli
  • Laura Purcell

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Laura Purcell, Lyle J. Micheli
    Pages 1-7
  3. Rehabilitation and Diagnosis

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Michelina C. Cassella, Kathleen Richards
      Pages 11-28
    3. Diego Jaramillo, Vernon M. Chapman
      Pages 29-41
  4. Anatomic Regions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 43-43
    2. Laura Purcell
      Pages 45-63
    3. Pierre d’Hemecourt, Jessica Flynn Deede
      Pages 65-86
    4. Merrilee Zetaruk
      Pages 87-112
    5. Hamish Kerr, Brady Bowen, Deborah Light
      Pages 113-133
    6. Nathaniel Cohen, Treg Brown
      Pages 135-155
    7. Anthony Luke, Margaret Lo, Marc R. Safran
      Pages 157-178
    8. Praveen G. Murthy, Donald S. Bae
      Pages 179-210
    9. Jason H. Nielson, Tyler J. Kent
      Pages 211-229
    10. Michelle McTimoney
      Pages 231-254
    11. Angela D. Smith
      Pages 255-274
    12. John P. Batson, Mark D. Locke
      Pages 275-308
  5. Lyle J. Micheli, Laura Purcell
    Pages E1-E1
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 309-364

About this book


Now in a revised and updated second edition, this practical text on the adolescent athlete provides penetrating insights into musculoskeletal care for growing athletes. Chapters are logically organized by anatomical region and are written by experts in the field, focusing on improved clinical decision-making and addressing both chronic and acute injuries in addition to congenital conditions. Fundamentals, including basic anatomy, physical examination, and patient history, are covered in detail, with emphasis on the recognition of injury patterns unique to adolescent athletes. User-friendly tables are incorporated to assist with diagnosis. Prevention, patient management, and clinical pearls are each outlined, and return-to-play guidelines are highlighted. To further facilitate comprehensive patient care, musculoskeletal diagnostic imaging and principles of rehabilitation are covered as well. Anatomical drawings, photos of examination maneuvers, and diagnostic images, such as x-rays and MRI scans, complete the text by illustrating key concepts.

Intended for sports medicine physicians, primary care physicians, orthopedists, physiotherapists and athletic trainers, this second edition of The Adolescent Athlete: A Practical Approach continues to be a sought-after resource for all who aim to improve the musculoskeletal health of active children and adolescents.


Adolescent athlete Cervical spine injury Concussion Diagnositic imaging Elbow injury Foot and ankle injury Hand and wrist injury Knee injury Pelvic injury Return to play Shoulder injury Sports rehabilitation Traumatic head injury Thoracic spine injury Thoracoabdominal injury Youth athletic development

Editors and affiliations

  • Lyle J. Micheli
    • 1
  • Laura Purcell
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Sports MedicineBoston Children’s HospitalBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsMcMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada

About the editors

Lyle J. Micheli, MD, Clinical Professor, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Director, Division of Sports Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston, O’Donnell Family Professor of Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA, USA

Laura Purcell, MSc, MD, FRCPC, FAAP, Dip Sport Med, Associate Clinical Professor, Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Adolescent Athlete
  • Book Subtitle A Practical Approach
  • Editors Lyle J. Micheli
    Laura Purcell
  • Series Title Contemporary Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine
  • Series Abbreviated Title Contemporary Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-56187-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-09616-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-56188-2
  • Series ISSN 2198-266X
  • Series E-ISSN 2198-2678
  • Edition Number 2
  • Number of Pages XIV, 322
  • Number of Illustrations 105 b/w illustrations, 55 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Sports Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
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“This book systemically addresses these topics and provides a guideline for medical practitioners to treat the injuries and promote healthy sports participation. … This is a practical guide for sports medicine physicians and other healthcare professionals who care for active children. The authors and contributors are experts in these areas.” (Henry Mao, Doody's Book Reviews, March, 15, 2019)