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November 17, 1956

Sports Injuries Manual for Trainers and Coaches

JAMA. 1956;162(12):1195. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970290091028

In his introduction, the author says that, although there may be some disagreement regarding the advisability of teaching the treatment of injuries to laymen, athletic trainers and coaches who are not medically qualified will, nevertheless, continue to treat most sports injuries. He has, therefore, designed this compact manual of reference to indicate to the layman not only correct management but also the limits beyond which the services of a physician are absolutely required. In point of fact, most physicians who are called on casually to treat sports injuries, although they may be familiar with the anatomic derangement and are able to offer effective first aid and immediate treatment, probably know less about the prevention and long-term management of these injuries than the experienced trainer or coach. Every general practitioner and surgeon would do well to familiarize himself with the principles involved in the total treatment of these injuries, since there

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