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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brian Bratta, MS, ATC, CSCS (Michigan State University)
Description: This is a much-needed update to a book outlining the ideals of clinical teaching as well as how to effectively convey the concepts of athletic training to students.
Purpose: The purpose is to show educators in the field of athletic training how to present material to students in a manner that is not only understandable, but also effective in its approach. As someone in this field, I am always searching for ways to bridge the gap between academic learning and clinical application. This book not only helps in that task, it also gives great examples.
Audience: It is written for the specific purpose of helping instructors in athletic training. As instructors themselves, the authors hit on key factors that many of us face on a daily basis in the classroom.
Features: They provide in-depth background behind clinical-based learning as well as a detailed checklist for all clinical competencies developed by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). The nice thing about this book is that there is flexibility in how instructors can use this information in their lessons.
Assessment: This is a strong text in athletic training education; it not only addresses the gap between the classroom and the athletic training room, but gives instructors the freedom to incorporate anything that is unique to their teaching. This update has new modules that address the new competencies that NATA has added to the matrix.