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May 13, 1961

Athletic Training and Conditioning

JAMA. 1961;176(6):558. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040190080046

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As a handbook for the trainer in service and the young person preparing for a career in physical education, this book should serve a useful purpose. Its coverage of the care of injuries is confined to the contributions of the trainer, apart from the treatment responsibilities of the physician. These contributions include recognition, immediate care, and proper referral of injuries, as well as carrying out certain aspects of follow-up care as directed by the physician. Appropriate attention is given throughout to preventive procedures both specifically and as a general point of emphasis.

Physicians should be interested in the suggestions made concerning the qualifications of the athletic trainer. These, taken from the recommendations of the National Athletic Trainers Association, suggest that the trainer in substance should have (1) undergraduate qualifications entitling him to a teaching certification in physical education, with the needed emphasis on the prevention and management of athletic injuries,

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