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From The CriticsReviewer: Matthew K. Seeley, M.S.(University of Kentucky)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of principles necessary for those providing the first response to a variety of athletic injuries. The book is especially conscious of those beginning a study of athletic injury, prevention, and care. The first edition was published in 1997.
Purpose: The book effectively serves its purpose, which is to provide sound guidelines for those who, without the assistance of a certified athletic trainer, are responsible for the initial care of the injured athlete. With an ever increasing number of participants in a wide range of athletic activities, the coach, health fitness professional, and physical educator must be prepared to provide initial care to athletic injury, justifying the need for such a book.
Audience: It is written for professionals required to provide basic sports injury care, without the aid of a certified athletic trainer, yet much of the information seems to be directed to the beginning athletic training student.
Features: The book discusses general guidelines applicable to the care of most athletic injuries. The book also describes injuries and conditions specific to particular body areas; these are organized nicely according to body area and are reported in a logical sequence. The field strategy boxes will prove invaluable to the aspiring certified athletic trainer. A major limitation concerning this book is a lack of references supporting much of the information.
Assessment: This book will prove to be helpful to those responsible for the initial care of athletic injury, those working with or without the aid of a certified athletic trainer. The book may also prove to be helpful to students beginning studies in the field of athletic training. Several of the concepts included in this edition, but neglected in the first edition, are important for the first responder to understand. Examples include the development of an emergency plan and information concerning anaphylaxis.