This course is approved for the following CECs/CEUs:

ACSM 20.0

BOC Category A 13.0

VBPT 13.0 - Type 1

The Athletic Trainer's Guide to Acute and Emergency Care


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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.

Pricing and Format Options For This program:

Provide/buy your own textbook: $199

This course is approved for the following CECs/CEUs:

ACSM 20.0

BOC Category A 13.0


Pricing and Format Options For This program:

Hard Copy Format + Human Kinetics textbook: $299 (+ $8 for US Shipping or $43 for International Shipping)

Buy your own textbook: $199

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This course is approved for the following CECs/CEUs:

ACSM 20.0

BOC Category A 13.0


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 Promotion; 2= Examination, Assessment and Diagnosis; 3= Immediate and Emergency Care; 4= Therapuetic Intervetion; 5= Health Care Administration and Professional Responsibility): 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 2017 – December 2021– Providership # 817430.

This in depth guide 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.

Program Author:

Tammy Petersen is the Founder and a Partner of the American Academy of Health and Fitness (AAHF).

She has written two books on older adult fitness and designed corresponding training programs. Her first book, Functionally Fit, teaches certified nurse aides how to provide daily functional strength training as an accepted and expected part of the daily care plan for the chronic long-term care and assisted living patient. Her second book, SrFit, is the basis for an advanced training home study course approved for continuing education credits with the major personal trainer certification organizations and the Board of Certification for athletic trainers.

Her educational background includes Bachelor of Science degrees in marketing and economics from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. In addition, she holds a Master of Science in Education in health and fitness, with an emphasis in geriatrics, from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

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Course Objectives

Upon succesfully completing this program, you will be able to:

  • Explain how and what effective teamwork involves using best practices.
  • Identify the appropriate precautions to minimize risk and prevent medical errors.
  • Develop a plan to provide acute or emergency care and transfer care of the patient to emergency medical services (EMS) or next-level providers should a life-threatening injury or illness occur.
  • Identify the keys to an effective emergency examination including following a routine, systematic approach that allows for a consistent and appropriate decision-making process.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of emergency medication administration methods and techniques for use by the AT in the prehospital setting.
  • 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 Features

Electronic Format

This option includes:

  • The ebook version of The Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Acute and Emergency Care (464 pages) by Michelle Cleary and Katie Walsh Flanagan
  • 100-page workbook in PDF format
  • Online test with two free retakes

Buy your own textbook option

This option includes:

  • 100-page workbook in PDF format
  • Online test

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

ISBN-13: 9781492536536

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Study from home

A continuing education home study course offered in a distance-learning format with no time limit to complete.

Online test

Immediate results. Two free retakes. Print your own certificate.

Table of Contents

Part 1: 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

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