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preface
INTRODUCTION
Sports Medicine Essentials: Core Concepts in Athletic
Training & Fitness Instruction, 3rd Edition, encompasses the field of athletic training and fitness instruction. It is appropriate for high school and college-level
students interested in athletic training or fitness
instruction.
Written by a National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA)-certified athletic trainer, Sports Medicine
Essentials provides students with the skills and knowledge they need to establish a career path in sports
medicine in roles such as athletic trainer, physical
therapist, strength and conditioning specialist, personal trainer, or medical salesperson. Topics include
anatomy and physiology, emergency preparedness, vital signs, basic life support, treatment and prevention
of injuries, nutrition and weight control, therapeutic
modalities, and physical rehabilitation.
Students in sports medicine must have multifaceted knowledge; thus, all aspects of sports medicine
are included within the chapters. Additionally, Sports
Medicine Essentials provides an introduction to injury
evaluation, rehabilitation, fitness evaluation, strength
and conditioning, taping and wrapping techniques,
and medical sales.
The need for well-trained athletic trainers is
substantial in high schools as well as at many other
levels and facilities, and this need will continue into
the future. With the recent health care reforms, selfknowledge in health care is also very important. The
goal of Sports Medicine Essentials is to ensure that the
student is given a well-rounded view of the field of
sports medicine.

ORGANIZATION OF THE TEXT
The book is divided into 24 chapters. Chapter 1 discusses available careers in sports medicine and athletic
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training. Chapters 2-11 present the foundational
knowledge and skills needed in those careers. Chapters 12-15 discuss the basic anatomy and physiology
of various body systems and common athletic injuries
and treatments of those systems and injuries. Chapters 16-23 focus on athletic conditioning, treatment,
and rehabilitation. Finally, Chapter 24 discusses how
to use the knowledge and skills covered in the text to
get started in a career in sports medicine.
The chapters can be used in sequence, or because
of the independent strength of each chapter, they
can be used out of sequence. Although this book is
designed to be used as a textbook, when the class is
completed, it can easily be used as a reference book.

FEATURES
Each chapter begins with Learning Objectives and Key
Terms that will help focus the student on the concepts
to be covered.
Student Enrichment Activities found at the end of
every chapter provide review questions and activities
so students can check their comprehension.
Each chapter also contains Thinking It Through
scenarios to promote critical thinking skills that students can apply to real-life situations.
Full-color photos and illustrations bring authenticity to the content.

NEW TO THIS EDITION
The chapter order has been reorganized to improve
the flow and presentation of the content. All chapters
have also been revised for better readability and updated with current information. Following are some
of the highlights of those updates.
Chapter 1 was revised to include more information on academic requirements and professional



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