Clinical Pathology for Athletic Trainers: Recognizing Systemic Disease / Edition 2

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Written specifically for athletic trainers, the updated second edition of Clinical Pathology for Athletic Trainers: Recognizing Systemic Disease emphasizes practical knowledge; development of clinical skills, including evaluation and treatment; and development of clinical decision-making abilities.

Inside Clinical Pathology for Athletic Trainers, Second Edition, you will find an expanded discussion of the pathophysiology associated with general medical conditions, as well as case studies at the end of every chapter, which facilitate the student’s ability to formulate a differential diagnosis and make clinical decisions.

Dr. Daniel J. O’Connor and Dr. Louise Fincher have incorporated all of the didactic and psychomotor competencies listed within the General Medical Conditions and Pathology of Injuries and Illness domains from the Fourth Edition of the NATA Educational Competencies into this unique text. Competencies that are addressed throughout the text are conveniently listed at the beginning of each chapter in which they are referenced. Individual lab activities are included within the chapters to aid in the development of the psychomotor skills related to evaluating general medical illnesses.

What’s New in the Second Edition:
• New chapters on pharmacology; dermatology; and eyes, ears, nose, throat, and mouth
• Integration of NATA Position Statements and Consensus Statements
• Expanded discussion on the physical exam, including detailed instructions for evaluation procedures
• New illustrations and a color atlas

Lab Activities Inside the Second Edition:
• Use of Pharmacology Resources
• Assessment of Temperature
• Assessment of Vital Signs (heart rate, blood pressure, and respiration rate)
• Cardiac Auscultation
• Pulmonary Auscultation
• Pulmonary Percussion
• Peak Flow Expiratory Rate
• Abdominal Auscultation, Percussion, and Palpation
• Urinalysis
• Assessment of Blood Glucose Levels
• Use of Otoscope
• Use of the Opthalmoscope
• Sensory Function
• Motor Function
• Reflex Function
• Cranial Nerve Assessment

With expanded discussions and case studies, new chapters and lab activities, and an emphasis on the development of clinical skills, the Second Edition of Clinical Pathology for Athletic Trainers: Recognizing Systemic Disease is a must-have for today's athletic training students and clinicians.
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Editorial Reviews

A reference for athletic training professionals and students, showing how to recognize systemic illnesses and injuries. Focus is on clinical signs and symptoms of pathology, with information pertaining to the required 1999 NATA Athletic Training Educational Competencies for the Health Care of the Physically Active. Material is organized by body systems, and includes a chapter on psychological conditions. Contains laboratory activities that outline physical examination techniques relevant to non-musculoskeletal injuries and illnesses. The author is affiliated with Joe W. King Orthopedic Institute. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From The Critics
Reviewer: Tiffany K. Frickert, PT, SCS, ATC(South Bay Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center )
Description: This book aids the athletic trainer in the assessment of potential systemic diseases by covering signs and symptoms. The book uses algorithms, tables, and figures to help summarize the information.
Purpose: The purpose is to allow the athletic trainer or student athletic trainer to recognize and differentiate the signs and symptoms of systemic disease. The objectives are worthy based on the association with the NATA competencies. The book provides information important in increasing the athletic trainer's general knowledge and skills in identifying systemic disease. Typically, this type of information is not covered in-depth in other books, and this book condenses a lot of material important for the evaluation process.
Audience: This book is written for the athletic trainer or athletic training student. It also will be useful for people in the health professions.
Features: This book covers the pathology of systemic diseases for the main systems of the body, i.e., endocrine, neurological, gastrointestinal, etc. One of the best qualities of the book is its organizational structure. The systems are covered in individual chapters supplemented by many charts, algorithms, and tables that help summarize information, making the book a good quick reference guide. A glossary of terminology is included, as is a separate section for lab activities that helps make this book unique since practical skills are such an important aspect of the learning process.
Assessment: This book is a complement to the learning process of the athletic trainer or healthcare professional. It covers possible problems that are nonorthopedic in nature. It presents difficult information in simple, well-defined terms. The amount of information is just enough to allow an understanding of possible systemic vs. musculoskeletal problems.
From the Publisher

“It is appropriate both for athletic training students in athletic training educational programs and as a reference book for certified athletic trainers.  It emphasizes the clinical recognition and management of non-orthopedic pathology, which allows athletic trainers to recognize systemic illnesses and injuries."


4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556427701
  • Publisher: SLACK, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 460
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel P. O’Connor, PhD, ATC, has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in addition to the First Edition of Clinical Pathology for Athletic Trainers: Recognizing Systemic Disease. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at Rice University and Texas Woman’s University and was the Director of the Joe W. King Orthopedic Institute in Houston, Texas for 7 years. Dan is currently an Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Integrated Physiology and the Department of Health and Human Performance at the University of Houston. A. Louise Fincher, EdD, ATC, LAT, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and the Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at The University of Texas at Arlington. She also serves as the Associate Chair for the Department of Kinesiology. Lou has more than 23 years of experience as an athletic trainer and an educator. She has spent countless hours developing didactic and clinical education materials for both students and athletic training educators. Lou’s research publications are focused in the areas of orthopedic outcomes and the effectiveness of therapeutic modalities. Her other publications include a book chapter, a column series on the management of athletic injuries, and an article on the use of the otoscope in evaluating ear injuries and illnesses. She has served on several National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) and Southwest Athletic Trainers’ Association (SWATA) committees and currently serves on the NATA Education Council’s Entry-Level Education Committee.

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Table of Contents

About the Author
Ch. 1 Principles of Clinical Pathology and Decision-Making 1
Ch. 2 Pathophysiology 19
Ch. 3 Cardiovascular and Hematological Systems 31
Ch. 4 Pulmonary System 57
Ch. 5 Gastrointestinal and Hepatic-Biliary Systems 77
Ch. 6 Renal and Urogenital Systems 95
Ch. 7 Endocrine and Metabolic Systems 111
Ch. 8 Neurological System 131
Ch. 9 Psychological Conditions 151
Ch. 10 Immunology 167
Ch. 11 Oncology 191
Ch. 12 Differentiation of Signs and Symptoms 203
Lab Activities 231
Glossary 243
Index 255
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