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Each edition of Therapeutic Exercise: Foundations and Techniques has incorporated developing trends and research in the therapeutic application of exercise. We continue this tradition in our sixth edition. This text not only provides a solid foundation in the principles and application of therapeutic exercise but also expands on this content to help the student and practitioner develop knowledge and skills in designing and implementing exercise programs that facilitate and enhance patient learning and the independence and well-being of individuals across the continuum of health.

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In addition to extensive revisions and updating of content, highlights of this new edition include:

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  • The expanded use of highly qualified contributors. In addition to contributors for past editions of this text, who have revised or developed chapters or portions of chapters, we enlisted the assistance of several new contributors to update chapters on the spine, shoulder, knee, and lymphatic disorders. Their knowledge of current research, insights associated with their areas of specialization, and perspectives on current practice provide greater depth and breadth to this edition.

  • Expansion and updating of the feature "Focus on Evidence." Research that supports exercise outcomes is emphasized.

  • The addition of a new feature called "Clinical Tips." Throughout the text, hints for exercise applications are highlighted in order to enrich the reader's focus.

  • Integration of the language of International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) with the Nagi model in order to facilitate the transition to the updated World Health Organization's health classification scheme that addresses not only impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions, but also health and wellness.

  • The addition of spinal manipulation techniques. These interventions are now being taught in most entry-level physical therapy programs, so inclusion of principles and techniques for use in the spinal regions is a natural addition to the peripheral joint techniques.

  • A new chapter on advanced functional training. Although a limited number of advanced exercises to enhance physical performance have been included in individual chapters in previous editions, it is recognized that once an individual progresses through the rehabilitation process exercises can no longer be joint specific but must incorporate integration of total body movement in order to improve functional motor skills.

  • Highlighted throughout the text are links to video demonstrations of key interventions. It is recognized that visualization of the application of techniques is a useful tool for the new learner as well as the experienced therapist.

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We hope our efforts with the sixth edition of this text will provide a resource for learning and professional growth of the students and healthcare practitioners who utilize therapeutic exercise.

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