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From The CriticsReviewer: DJ Martinez, BS (University of Wyoming)
Description: This well thought out book describes the basic care of athletics-related injuries, including basic first aid and emergency situations.
Purpose: The purpose is to give first responders the information they need to provide proper care or guidance of care of injured athletes.
Audience: It is intended for coaches, referees, gym teachers, and even recreation directors. It also could serve as a resource for entry level athletic trainers.
Features: The book breaks down all major components of injuries, from prevention to mechanism of injury and handling of injuries. It starts off with the basics and then delves into more complex issues. It effectively uses diagrams and examples to make the information easier to understand and enables readers to determine the magnitude of an injury. However, there are a few things I would add. The acclimatization section could be a bit more detailed, including a discussion of altitude. Although this section is concerned primarily with heat, altitude also plays a major role in acclimatization. Adding the NATA Position Statements on the various topics also would strengthen the book.
Assessment: This is a great entry level book for those outside the field of athletic training, such as coaches and recreation directors. Athletic trainers require more detail, but I would definitely recommend this book to high school coaches wanting to learn more about athletic injuries. Replacing older editions is vital to have accurate and updated information.