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From The CriticsReviewer: Mary E. Vander Heiden, MA, ATC, LAT (University of Central Florida)
Description: One of six titles in the Athletic Training Education Series, this book on the musculoskeletal examination could be used for teaching athletic training students and as a reference for practicing certified athletic trainers.
Purpose: The purpose is to address several areas of clinical practice including pathology of injury and illness, examination and assessment, and general medical conditions that a person must master in order to become a Certified Athletic Trainer. The content is essential for any person studying to become a certified athletic trainer.
Audience: According to the authors, students studying to take the board of certification (BOC) examination are the intended audience, as well as certified athletic trainers who need a reference. The authors are all certified athletic trainers with doctoral degrees.
Features: The book's format, which includes anatomical pictures, step-by-step instructions (including hand placements), and lab activities, make it uniquely suitable for anyone studying or reviewing athletic training skills. The critical thinking questions at the end of each chapter are particularly useful, helping practitioners integrate skill application with problem solving. The DVD that accompanies the book demonstrates specific tests commonly used in athletic training. This will help the audience understand the written text.
Assessment: Although it is similar to Arnheim's Principles of Athletic Training: A Competency-Based Approach, 14th edition, Prentice (McGraw-Hill, 2010), this book is more useful for the targeted audience because of the additional sections that follow each chapter, such as the critical thinking questions, lab activities, and key concepts. The authors challenge students to critically think and apply what they have learned. This third edition limits the tests to an evidence-based selection and increases the emphasis on problem solving and decision making.