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From The CriticsReviewer: Katie Rovtar, MSEd, ATC, LAT (Mississippi State University)
Description: This book describes injuries in the athletic setting, the anatomy involved, and general evaluation skills for athletic training professionals.
Purpose: The purpose is to address the prevention, care, and management of sports-related injuries.
Audience: It is written for students in athletic training, physical therapy, or physical education. Overall, the book efficiently covers all the main areas of sports medicine on a student level.
Features: It takes an in-depth look at athletic injuries. Chapters are well divided into topic areas or specific body parts. Administration areas are also covered, such as emergency planning, lightning policies, and heat illness strategies. I particularly like the chapter on thermal injuries, which hits all the major highlights of the NATA guidelines for heat illness. Throughout the book, "time out" and "speak out" boxes provide real life examples. NATA tips for exercising in the heat appear on the inside cover, which emphasizes the importance of recognizing heat illnesses properly. I wish the anatomy pictures had been of better quality; they would help readers when examining the athlete's injuries. The information about lawsuits is interesting and helpful.
Assessment: This book provides a good basis in sports medicine, without getting bogged down in unnecessary information for novices. This new edition is definitely needed as the profession grows with new position statements and policies.