The Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Acute and Emergency Care


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This course is approved for the following CECs/CEUs:

ACSM 20.0

BOC Category A 13.00

Virginia Board of Physical Therapy 13.00 (Type 1)–Please check with your state board for approval as most physical therapy boards will reciprocate approval for continuing education.

The American Academy of Health and Fitness (BOC AP#: P3645) is approved by the Board of Certification, Inc. to provide continuing education to Certified Athletic Trainers. This program is eligible for a maximum of 13.00 Category A hours/CEUs. AT Level of Difficulty: Mastery AT Domains: (1=Injury/Illness Prevention and Wellness Protection; 2= Clinical Evaluation and Diagnosis; 3= Immediate and Emergency Care; 4= Treatment and Rehabilitation; 5= Organizational and Professional Health and Well‐being): 1,2,3,4,5


The American College of Sports Medicine’s Professional Education Committee certifies that “American Academy of Health and Fitness” meets the criteria for official ACSM Approved Provider status from December 2017 – December 2020. Providership # 817430


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Electronic Format : $299.00

Buy your own book option: $199.00

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The Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Acute and Emergency Care continuing education home study course is an invaluable resource for training and preparing initial responders to recognize critical situations and treat the acutely injured or ill patient. Athletic trainers are often the first ones on the scene when an individual sustains an acute injury. Therefore, knowing how to assess injuries and illnesses and begin treatment quickly is of vital importance for aspiring athletic trainers. The Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Acute and Emergency Care teaches trainers how to recognize and manage emergency conditions so they can provide appropriate patient care between the field and the emergency department. Learning aids include case studies that offer practical scenarios that will facilitate critical thinking and decision-making skills.  Decision-making algorithms and decision trees lead students through selecting the most appropriate treatment option based on a patient’s signs and symptoms.  With a full-color presentation and more than 280 photos and illustrations, this course takes a systematic approach to acute and emergency care, with the content divided into two parts. Part I provides critical information on prevention and risk management strategies, including developing an emergency action plan, conducting an emergency examination, and administering emergency medications. Part II then provides the basics of emergency evaluations, describing how to examine, treat, and manage common acute injuries and illnesses to limit the severity of these potentially life-threatening conditions.

Athletic training programs of all levels can benefit from this content that addresses the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) educational competencies relating to immediate management of acute injuries and illnesses to physically active people. While athletic training curricula include examination of musculoskeletal and medical conditions, this program specifically addresses the patient care that is provided between the field and the emergency department. These areas of prehospital health care have been previously addressed in the literature in the form of position statements, consensus statements, and interassociation proclamations. However, until now, they have not been available in a comprehensive text for the prehospital care of the patient who is injured or ill.

The text this program is based on is a significant addition to the literature as an interprofessional resource describing the most up-to-date information available in the medical literature. In the spirit of interprofessional collaborative practice, evidence from a variety of health care professions was consulted in the writing of each chapter. Drawing from the literature in the emergency response system, paramedic training, and emergency medicine resources, this text is the first to comprehensively review the literature for the most current evidence to support clinical practice. In addition to position and consensus statements from the NATA and other professional organizations, this text provides more review of the literature and application to practice. This text specifically focuses on the competencies identified in the CAATE 2020 standards and the new skills and techniques ATs must be prepared to use in an emergency situation.

Course Objectives

  1. Explain how and why effective teamwork involves using best practices.
  2. Identify the appropriate precautions to minimize risk and prevent medical errors.
  3. Develop a plan to provide acute or emergency care and transfer care of the patient to emergency medical services (EMS) or next-level provider should a life-threatening injury or illness occur.
  4. Identify the keys to an effective emergency examination including following a routine, systematic approach that allows for a consistent and appropriate decision-making process.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of emergency medication administration methods and techniques for use by the AT in the prehospital setting.
  6. Utilize what you have learned for immediate management of common acute injuries and illnesses applying the basic concepts of the emergency examination, identifying a chief complaint, monitoring and reassessing the patient as emergency medical services arrive, and handing the patient off to the next level of care.

Course Materials

Electronic formatThe Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Acute and Emergency Care certificate package with online test includes access to the eBook version of the 464-page Acute and Emergency Care in Athletic Training textbook by Michelle Cleary and Katie Walsh Flanagan, published by Human Kinetics. There is also a 100-page workbook provided in PDF format and a 100-question online multiple-choice test. Note: This course package is made available with instructions for immediate access and download after purchase. All materials for this electronic format course are available electronically. Nothing is mailed.

Buy your own textbook optionThe Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Acute and Emergency Care certificate package for this option includes a 100 page workbook and instructions for online testing. The textbook for the program is The Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Acute and Emergency Care (464 pages) by Michelle Cleary and Katie Walsh Flanagan (which you purchase separately in your chosen format new or used from Amazon or another bookseller.) Note: The workbook and test instructions for this course are made available for immediate access and download after purchase through AAHF. Nothing is mailed. (Used books may not have access to the online study guide included by the publisher Human Kinetics, but the workbook/studyguide provided with your CEC program has the same case studies as this online study guide included with new books.)

Book title: The Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Acute and Emergency Care by Michelle Cleary and Katie Walsh Flanagan (464-pages)

ISBN-13: 9781492536536

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Table of Contents

Table of Contents:

Part I. Introduction to Acute and Emergency Care in Athletic Training


Chapter 1. The Interprofessional Health Care Team
Characteristics of a Good Team
Sports Medicine Setting
Breakdowns in Teamwork
Effective Practices in Teamwork
Professional Attributes of Effective Health Care Providers
Therapeutic Behaviors

Chapter 2. Prevention and Risk Management Strategies
Risk Management
Infectious Diseases
Standard Precautions
Exposure Control Plans
Legal Responsibility

Chapter 3. Planning for Emergencies
Epidemiology of Medical Emergencies in Sports
Emergency Planning in Sports
Developing an Emergency Action Plan for Each Venue
Developing Acute Care and Emergency Protocols for Major Trauma and Medical Emergencies
Consulting With Institutional Authorities and Working With Local EMS Providers
Obtaining and Maintaining Emergency Equipment and Supplies
Review the EAP and Training Personnel
Communicating During an Emergency
Mass Care and Catastrophic Incidents
Post-Catastrophic Injury or Post-Critical Incident Plan
Evidence for Best Practices in Emergency Preparedness

Chapter 4. The Emergency Examination
Scene Size-Up
Initial Assessment
Identify the Chief Complaint or Concern
Focused Assessment
Monitoring the Critically Injured or Ill Patient
Patient Hand-Off
Evidence for Injury Scoring Systems

Chapter 5. Emergency Medications and Administration
Medical Direction and Oversight
Best Practices for Safe Administration of Medication
Medication Administration
Oral Medication Administration
Sublingual Medication Administration
Metered-Dose Inhaler Administration
Oxygen Administration
Nebulized Medication Administration
Emergency Medication Injection
Intravenous Access

Part II. Immediate Management of Acute Injuries and Illnesses


Chapter 6. Immediate Management of Bleeding, Shock, and Immunologic Emergencies
Overview of the Circulatory System
Anaphylactic Reactions and Immunologic Emergencies

Chapter 7. Immediate Management of Musculoskeletal Injuries
Overview of the Structures
Classification of Injuries
Shoulder Dislocation
Elbow Dislocation
Finger Dislocation
Hip Dislocation
Knee Dislocation
Ankle Dislocation
Humeral Fractures
Colles’ Fracture
Pelvis Fracture
Femur Fracture
Tibia-Fibula Fractures
Ankle Fractures
Management of Lower-Leg Fractures
Compartment Syndrome
Ring Avulsion

Chapter 8. Traumatic Injuries to the Head and Face
Overview of the Head and Face
Overview of Head Injuries
Scalp Lacerations
Skull Fracture
Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy
Intracranial Pressure
Intracerebral Contusion
Epidural Hematoma
Subdural Hematoma
Altered Mental Status
Overview of Facial Injuries
Corneal Abrasion and Foreign Objects in the Eye
Retinal Detachment
Tympanic Membrane Rupture
Facial Fractures
Temporomandibular Joint Dislocation
Dental Injuries
Laryngeal Injuries

Chapter 9. Traumatic Injuries to the Spine
Anatomy and Physiology of the Spine
Emergency Medical Care of Injuries to the Spine
Equipment Removal

Chapter 10. Injuries of the Thorax and Lungs
Overview of Anatomical Structures in the Thorax
Respiratory Assessment
Using Supplemental Oxygen
Airway Maintenance
Rib Fracture
Sternoclavicular Joint Injury
Pulmonary Embolism
Pneumothorax, Hemothorax, and Hemopneumothorax

Chapter 11. Life-Threatening Cardiac Conditions
Overview of the Cardiovascular System
Epidemiology of Sudden Cardiac Death
Etiology and Pathophysiology of Acute Cardiac Conditions
Field Assessment Techniques for Emergent Cardiac Conditions
Immediate Management of Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Emergency Preparedness for Sudden Cardiac Arrest
Clinical Decision Making
Evidence: Cardiovascular Screening
Evidence: Factors Affecting Survival After Sudden Cardiac Arrest

Chapter 12. Injuries and Illnesses of the Abdominopelvic Region
Overview of Anatomical Structures in the Abdomen and Pelvis
Trauma to Abdominal Organs
Injuries to the Liver and Spleen
Injury to the Kidneys
Acute Abdominopelvic Concerns for Female Athletes
Acute Trauma to Male Genitals

Chapter 13. Life-Threatening Metabolic Emergencies
Overview of the Anatomical Structures in Metabolic Emergencies
Hypoglycemia and Hyperglycemia

Chapter 14. Exertional Sickling and Rhabdomyolysis
Exertional Rhabdomyolysis
Sickle Cell Trait
Evidence: Factors That Increase Risk of Exertional Rhabdomyolysis

Chapter 15. Environmental Emergencies
Lightning Emergencies
Heat-Related Emergencies
Cold-Related Emergencies
Altitude-Related Emergencies

Appendix A. Model Exposure Control Plan

Appendix B. SCAT-5

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