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From The CriticsReviewer: Robb Duncanson, MEd, ATC, CSCS (University of Tennessee at Knoxville)
Description: One of six titles in the Athletic Training Education Series, this is the third edition of a book on therapeutic modalities used for injuries. This series serves to educate athletic training students and act as a reference for seasoned clinicians. The previous edition was published in 2006.
Purpose: This well-thought-out book provides a basis of knowledge in athletic training that entry level clinicians should master.
Audience: According to the authors, the target audience includes both athletic training students and seasoned clinicians, and it will serve both groups well. It will challenge athletic training students with its evidence-based standpoint.
Features: The book covers a wide range of therapeutic modalities used in the athletic training setting and provides a well-rounded discussion of the body's response to injury that will help in understanding the modalities. The authors present the material in an evidence-based manner, a wonderful way to educate athletic training students. Perhaps where the authors could improve the book in future revisions is with a greater number of more current references. Another challenge that the authors face in this area is to stay up to date with current modalities that hit the market.
Assessment: This is a worthwhile book to include in athletic training education programs, particularly with its evidence-based approach.