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From The CriticsReviewer: Mary E. Vander Heiden, MA, ATC, LAT (University of Central Florida)
Description: This is an entry level textbook that could be a resource for first year athletic training students and possibly even high school coaches or administrators who wish to better understand the profession of athletic training. It addresses concepts from all domains in athletic training, including prevention, clinical examination, acute care, therapeutic interventions, and pathology of injury. It also touches on the administration and management responsibilities that an athletic trainer must take on in any job setting.
Purpose: It is one of a series of six books that reflect recent changes and additions to the National Athletic Trainers' Association's Athletic Training Educational Competencies. It is important that current publications address the newest concepts and demands of the profession. The book fulfills its objectives, presenting all key concepts that athletic training students must master prior to sitting for their certification exam.
Audience: It is intended as a textbook for athletic training students and as a reference for practicing certified athletic trainers and other allied healthcare professionals. However, because it is very basic, it is possibly appropriate for newly certified athletic trainers, but not for experienced certified athletic trainers.
Features: One of the areas this book covers that other, similar books rarely do is the history of the athletic training profession. The book does an outstanding job describing the role of an athletic trainer, including ethical behaviors and the demands for continuing education after certification, and challenging readers to think critically. Following each chapter, it presents scenarios to give readers the opportunity to apply what they have just learned. Readers also have a hands-on practice opportunity in the web resource that accompanies the book. These web modules also aid in the development of entry-level athletic trainers and familiarize them with computerized testing that may closely simulate the board of certification exam.
Assessment: This book does an excellent job of breaking down each domain of athletic training and providing enough information on each topic to allow for practical learning. It is not overwhelming for a student audience and offers many different resources to practice and apply the knowledge they have gained. It compares well with other entry-level textbooks used in didactic settings, and surpasses them in the critical thinking opportunities presented throughout.