Core Concepts in Athletic Training and Therapy is based on the most recent athletic training education competencies from the NATA and provides a balanced introduction to the knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities required of entry-level athletic trainers.
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Core Concepts in Athletic Training and Therapy provides a balanced introduction to the knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities that span the profession of athletic training. Students in athletic training, coaching, or other health care fields will find current information covering the breadth of theory and application of athletic training, including evidence-based practice, prevention and health promotion, clinical examination and diagnosis, acute and emergency care, therapeutic interventions, and health care administration. It also presents advanced topics of pathophysiology and psychological response to sport injury to better prepare students for continued study.
Compared to other introductory athletic training texts, Core Concepts in Athletic Training and Therapy is the only text that aligns with the newest athletic training education competencies from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (2011). Written by a team of respected athletic training educators with experience at the professional and collegiate levels, the text breaks new ground by condensing key concepts to a comprehensive level while not overwhelming students with content that will be addressed in depth in advanced courses. Numerous features assist students in learning the fundamentals:
Each of the six parts opens with a discussion of the competencies that are covered in that part and concludes with a reference list of those competencies by description and number, making it easy to monitor the knowledge required.
A companion web resource contains 41 clinical proficiency exercises, carefully chosen to complement the introductory level of the text and align with required educational objectives. The modules may be completed online or printed, and cross-references at the end of each chapter guide students to the appropriate modules to apply the chapter content.
Case studies sprinkled throughout the text demonstrate real-world situations and include critical thinking questions that underscore principles of rehabilitation and exercise.
Full-color photographs depict specific conditions and techniques, giving students an accurate picture of real practice.
For instructors, a complete set of ancillaries assists in preparing and presenting lectures, leading class discussion, and planning assignments and assessments.
In addition, Core Concepts in Athletic Training and Therapy is the first text to offer a complete chapter on evidence-based practice, the newest educational competency required of entry-level athletic trainers by the NATA. The rest of the text introduces general information about life as an athletic trainer, such as training, education, licensure, certification, employment opportunities, and the roles in a sports medicine team. The core of the text then focuses on required knowledge and skills related to injury prevention, injury recognition and classification (including region-specific examination strategies, basic objective tests, physical exam strategies, and injury mechanisms), acute care, therapeutic interventions, and the role of pharmaceuticals in the healing process. To round out the text, it addresses health care administration and discusses strategies for the management of athletic training programs.
With learning features and a web resource that integrate clinical learning into an introductory course, Core Concepts in Athletic Training and Therapy is the essential resource for current and future athletic trainers. Long after its first use, it will prove a valuable reference for athletic training students as they progress through the curriculum, prepare for certificiation, and begin careers in the profession.
Core Concepts in Athletic Training and Therapy is part of Human Kinetics' Athletic Training Education Series. Featuring the work of respected authorities in athletic training, this collection of outstanding textbooks, each with its own supporting instructional resources, parallels and expounds on the content areas in the accreditation standards of the NATA Executive Committee for Education.
Introduction to Athletic Training Susan Kay Hillman, ATC, PT
Becoming an NATA Certified Athletic Trainer
History of Athletic Training
Employment Opportunities in Athletic Training
The Sports Medicine Team
Part I. Prevention and Health Promotion
Chapter 1. The Preparticipation Physical Examination Susan Kay Hillman, ATC, PT
Essential Elements of the Preparticipation Physical Examination
Health Status Information
Physical Components of the Preparticipation Physical Examination
Fitness or Performance Testing
Preparticipation Physical Examination Results
Considerations for Athletes With Impairments
Administration of the Preparticipation Physical Examination
Chapter 2. Fitness Testing and Conditioning Susan Kay Hillman, ATC, PT
Fitness Testing Procedures
Fitness Testing Parameters
Developing the Strength Training Program
Types of Strength Training
Integrating Cardiorespiratory and Flexibility Parameters
Chapter 3. Nutritional Aspects of Health and Performance Susan Kay Hillman, ATC, PT
Why Study Nutrition?
Basic Nutritional Needs of Active Individuals
Fluid Needs for Active Individuals
Caloric Demands of Active Individuals
Planning the Participant's Diet
Nutritional Concerns in Injury or Illness
Chapter 4. Environmental Conditions Susan Kay Hillman, ATC, PT
Temperature Regulation and Heat Exchange
Physiological Responses to Exercise in the Heat
Adapting to Environmental Heat
Prevention of Heat-Related Illness
Caring for Heat Illness
Other Weather Conditions
Other Environmental Factors Influencing Sport Participation
Chapter 5. Protective Devices, Regulations, and the Law Susan Kay Hillman, ATC, PT
Standards for Equipment Design and Reconditioning
Reconditioning and Maintenance of Athletic Headgear
Agencies for Development of Sport Safety Rules
Legal Concerns About Equipment Use in Sport
Determination of Liability
Product and Manufacturer Liability
Protecting Oneself From Legal Misfortune
Chapter 6. Athletic Taping, Padding, and Bracing David H. Perrin, PhD, ATC, and Kirk Brumels, PhD, AT, ATC
Anatomy and Injury Mechanism as the Foundation for Taping and Bracing
Materials for Taping and Wrapping
Prerequisites to Taping and Bracing
Preparing for Taping
Pad Fabrication Considerations
Pad Construction Materials
Role of Bracing
Part II. Clinical Examination and Diagnosis
Chapter 7. Injury Mechanisms and Classifications Sandra J. Shultz, PhD, ATC, CSCS, FNATA, and Kirk Brumels, PhD, AT, ATC
Anatomical Reference Terminology
Physical Maturity Classifications
Chapter 8. Principles of Examination Sandra J. Shultz, PhD, ATC, CSCS, FNATA. and Kirk Brumels, PhD, AT, ATC
Documenting the Examination
Chapter 9. Upper Extremity Injury Recognition Sandra J. Shultz, PhD, ATC, CSCS, FNATA. and Kirk Brumels, PhD, AT, ATC
Shoulder and Arm Injury Recognition
Elbow and Forearm Injury Recognition
Wrist and Hand Injury Recognition
Chapter 10. Lower Extremity Injury Recognition Sandra J. Shultz, PhD, ATC, CSCS, FNATA, and Kirk Brumels, PhD, AT, ATC
Hip, Pelvis, and Groin Injury Recognition
Knee and Thigh Injury Recognition
Lower Leg, Ankle, and Foot Injury Recognition
Chapter 11. Head, Spine, and Thorax Injury Recognition Sandra J. Shultz, PhD, ATC, CSCS, FNATA, and Kirk Brumels, PhD, AT, ATC
Cervical and Upper Thoracic Spine Injury Recognition
Thoracic and Lumbar Spine Injury Recognition
Head and Face Injury Recognition
Thorax and Abdominal Injury Recognition
Chapter 12. General Medical Conditions Sandra J. Shultz, PhD, ATC, CSCS, FNATA, and Kirk Brumels, PhD, AT, ATC
Reproductive and Genitourinary Conditions
Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Diseases Transmitted by Body Fluid
Eye, Ear, Mouth, Nose, and Throat Conditions
Part III. Acute and Emergency Care
Chapter 13. Acute Care Susan Kay Hillman, ATC, PT
Planning Foundations for Acute Care Situations
Essentials of the Acute Examination
Immediate Care for Emergency Problems
Care Principles for Musculoskeletal Injuries
Moving and Transporting Injured Patients
Chapter 14. Emergency Care Susan Kay Hillman, ATC, PT
First Aid, Emergency Care, and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
First Aid for Sudden Illnesses
The Emergency Care Plan
Consent to Treat
Community-Based Emergency Medical Services
Roles and Responsibilities of EMS Professionals
Emergency Care Equipment
Part IV. Therapeutic Interventions
Chapter 15. Concepts of Rehabilitation and Healing Peggy A. Houglum, PhD, ATC, PT, and Kirk Brumels, PhD, AT, ATC
Chapter 17. Therapeutic Exercise Parameters and Techniques Peggy A. Houglum, PhD, ATC, PT, and Kirk Brumels, PhD, AT, ATC
Range of Motion and Flexibility
Manual Therapy Techniques
Muscular Strength, Power, and Endurance
Functional and Sport-Specific Exercise
Basic Functional Activities
Chapter 18. Pharmacology in Athletic Training Susan Kay Hillman, ATC, PT
Drug Nomenclature and Classification
The Study of Drugs
Drug-Testing Policies and Procedures
Drugs Specific to Athletic-Related Conditions
Part V. Health Care Administration
Chapter 19. Management Strategies in Athletic Training Richard Ray, EdD, ATC, and Eric J. Fuchs, DA, ATC, EMT-B
Vision and Mission Statements
Human Resource Management
Financial Resource Management
Chapter 20. Reimbursement and Legal Considerations Richard Ray, EdD, ATC, and Eric J. Fuchs, DA, ATC, EMT-B
Legal Considerations in Sports Medicine
Part VI. Advanced Athletic Training Concepts
Chapter 21. Pathophysiology of Athletic Injuries Susan Saliba, PhD, ATC, PT, FNATA
Connective Tissue Structure
Biomechanical Responses of Connective Tissue
Chapter 22. Psychological Aspects of Sport Injury and Rehabilitation Diane M. Wiese-Bjornstal, PhD, CC-AASP, Laura J. Kenow, MS, ATC, and Frances A. Flint PhD, CAT(C), ATC
Insight Into Sport Injury Psychology and Socioculture
Interventions for Psychological Recovery
Implementation of a Psychosocial Care Plan
Chapter 23. Evidence-Based Practice Tamara C. Valovich McLeod, PhD, ATC, FNATA
The Essence of Evidence-Based Practice
The Importance of Evidence-Based Practice to Athletic Training
The Steps of Evidence-Based Practice
About the Editor
Textbook for undergraduate introductory courses in athletic training and sports medicine, including care and prevention of athletic injuries and injury recognition and assessment. Also a textbook for graduate-level introductory courses in athletic training, a preparatory text for physical therapists interested in gaining sport PT specialist (SCS) certification, and a reference for certified athletic trainers.
Susan Kay Hillman, ATC, PT, is associate professor and director of human anatomy at the Arizona School of Health Sciences, a division of the A.T. Still University. She has more than 13 years of experience as head athletic trainer for the University of Arizona and has served as a consultant, assistant athletic trainer, and physical therapist for the Pittsburgh Steelers as well as the Philadelphia Eagles football clubs.
Hillman has served on the editorial board of the journal Athletic Therapy Today (now titled International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training) and the review board of the Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. She is a past member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Trainers’ Association (RMATA) Program Committee. She currently serves as a home-study reviewer for the Board of Certification (BOC) and served on the Role Delineation 6 team for the BOC. In 2004, she received the Distinguished Educator Award from the RMATA, and the year before she was named Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA).
Hillman earned a master's degree in physical therapy from Stanford University and a master's degree in physical education and athletic training from the University of Arizona as well as a bachelor's degree in the same field from Purdue University.
“This book does an excellent job of breaking down each domain of athletic training and providing enough information on each topic to allow for practical learning. It is not overwhelming for a student audience and offers many different resources to practice and apply the knowledge they have gained. It compares well with other entry-level textbooks used in didactic settings, and surpasses them in the critical thinking opportunities presented throughout.”
--Doody’s Book Review (4-star review)
“Overall, this introductory textbook for the athletic training student is perfectly suited for the first year of an undergraduate or entry-level master’s athletic training education program. The comprehensive nature of this textbook makes it one that students can reference throughout their academic career and utilize to prepare for their Board of Certification examination.”
-- Journal of Orthopaedic & Sports Physical Therapy
Instructor guide. Includes chapter objectives and a Chapter at a Glance elements to assist in quick construction of lecture slides and notes. Active learning suggestions offer ideas for classroom activities to stimulate thinking and bring the chapter material into focus. Critical thinking questions offer another engaging method of content delivery and assessment adaptable for use in large-group discussions, small-group assignments, home-study assignments, presentations, or reports.
Canadian Supplement. Consists of Microsoft Word and PDF manuscripts that provide instructors with Canadian-specific supplementary content to highlight differences in key practices and procedures. Specific material includes certification requirements from the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association (CATA), information on Canada’s health care and legal systems, nutrition guidelines, and assessment techniques. This unique ancillary provides a clear explanation of which content from the book is supplemented and assists professors in adapting their lectures by region to most effectively teach aspiring Canadian athletic therapists.
Test package. Features a bank of more than 500 questions in mutiple-choice, true-or-false, essay, and fill-in-the-blank formats. The test package is available for use through multiple formats, including a learning management system, Respondus, and rich text.
Image bank. Includes most of the figures, tables, and photos from the text, sorted by chapter, that can be used in developing a customized presentation based on specific course requirements.
The image bank is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4504-1483-8.
Web resource. Integrates clinical learning with the book’s content. It contains 41 clinical proficiency exercises for students at the introductory level. These proficiency exercises are linked to educational behavioral objectives that student athletic trainers are required to demonstrate as evidence of their clinical competency in athletic training. The downloadable PDF modules can be completed online or printed.