Reviewer: Ben Kivlan, MPT (North Hills Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy)
Description: This 1,000-page comprehensive book outlines and details the professional responsibilities and skills of an athletic trainer.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a scientific knowledge base for the athletic trainer to manage a vast variety of athletic injuries.
Audience: This book is written specifically for athletic training students. It may also be a helpful resource to other healthcare professionals practicing sports medicine intensive disciplines. The author is a well known authority in this field and meets the objectives of the book.
Features: Arnheim is a name that has become synonymous with athletic training. Despite his death, his legacy lives on with the work of William Prentice in the 11th edition of this popular book. Features that set this edition apart from the others include an appendix of NCAA, NATA, and ACSM position statements and a lifelike CD-ROM study supplement of human anatomy and physiology. The book features chapters on professional responsibilities, risk management, evaluation skills, and sports rehabilitation. The preface nicely outlines the new and updated information and the appendix outlines position statements from prominent sports medicine organizations.
Assessment: This book is very thorough and incorporates the latest research and hottest trends in sports medicine. It lives up to the legacy created nearly 40 years ago with a complete and comprehensive text to educate the next generation of athletic trainers and sports medicine professionals. However, Athletic Training and Sports Medicine produced by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (Jones & Bartlett, 1999) and Athletic Injuries and Rehabilitation by Zachazewski et al. (W.B. Saunders, 1996) are a bit better at outlining emergency care and differential diagnosis. Zachazewski et al. do a better job of addressing injuries and pathomechanics common to a specific sports.