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How to make our sports and our bodies get along better. Podiatrist McGregor is a mainstay of injured runners (known, too, for his cure of Bill Lee's pitching problem); Devereaux is a name in tennis. But their system can be used for any athletic condition--even ""Space Invaders wrist,"" suffered by ""enthusiasts of certain video games."" EEVeTeC is a code for variables ""some of which determine the amount of stress your sport creates in key joints of your body, and others of which determine how much sport-related stress your body will be able to tolerate."" The variables are equipment, environment, velocity (""how fast or how hard you play""), technique, and conditioning; and these can be adjusted either by reducing the stresses of the sport (changing to a new racquet or court surface, for example) or by increasing one's fitness level and tolerance. Perhaps mindful of weekend athletes, McGregor and Devereux emphasize changing the sport stress over improving conditioning. They also discuss the most vulnerable body parts (knees, ankles, etc.); elaborate on picking a sport (basically, try one and see how it makes you feel); and then, for certain sports, identify where the most force occurs, the likely injuries or problems, the possible solutions. Re the latter, readers may need to look to other sources (especially if their particular sport gets short shrift). On the sport/body interaction, and whether changes should be made, this is useful and near-unique.

Pub Date: June 10th, 1982
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin