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From The CriticsReviewer: Kimberly M Martin, MS, ATC (The Ohio State University Medical Center)
Description: This is a compilation of commonly used athletic training vocabulary presented in a portable, easily accessible format for students and clinicians. This third edition is updated to reflect changes in the profession such as accreditation terminology and evidence-based practice. Previous editions were published in 2005 and 2002.
Purpose: The authors have designed this reference so both clinicians and students can locate accurate information quickly and easily. The wide variety of information they have compiled crosses multiple domains in athletic training.
Audience: It is intended for anyone in the field of athletic training. It would be ideal for inexperienced athletic training students during their transition into clinical settings, as it can be referred to discretely. It also can be used in practice settings by established practitioners as a quick reference. Between them the authors have many years of athletic training practice and education of athletic training students.
Features: This pocket-sized dictionary of terms commonly used in the practice of athletic training also includes more information in multiple appendixes. Areas it covers include medical and anatomical terminology, manual muscle testing, and special orthopedic tests, among others, as well as the National Athletic Trainers' Association Code of Ethics, evidence-based practice, and updated concussion management guidelines. Due to the small size of the book, some of the pictures do not provide the detail most readers would be used to, but the small size allows the book to be carried in a medical kit or a pocket.
Assessment: This book would be useful for a quick check of information. It covers topics typically found in much larger, detailed books, or across multiple references. The addition of material on evidence-based practice and the section on concussion management warrant this new edition.