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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.