Sports Emergency Care: A Team Approach, Third Edition

Robb S Rehberg, PhD ATC NREMT ; Jeff G Konin, PhD ATC PT FACSM FNATA

  • $74.95
  • ISBN 10 1-63091-433-9
  • ISBN 13 978-1-63091-433-2
  • 296 pp Soft Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2018
  • Order# 44332

For more than a decade, Sports Emergency Care: A Team Approach has filled a void in athletic training education on the subject of emergency care. Now, this updated Third Edition continues to pave the way to prepare athletic training students beyond traditional first aid training as well as provides specific information on emergency situations in sports for emergency medical services (EMS) professionals.


In this updated Third Edition, Dr. Robb S. Rehberg and Dr. Jeff G. Konin, along with their 13 contributors, have created a resource that can be used in athletic training education programs as a core text in a sports emergency care course; a supplemental text in several courses that address immediate care within an athletic training education curriculum; and it can be used by EMS educators in developing continuing education programs for prehospital providers.


Some of the topics included in the Third Edition:

  • Assessment of Sports Emergencies
  • Cardiovascular Emergencies
  • Management of Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Fractures and Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Managing Mental Health Emergencies
  • Care of Athletes with Disabilities
  • Emergencies in Sports for the Aging Athlete


Regardless of discipline, it is important for all health care providers caring for ill or injured athletes to be knowledgeable and proficient in managing sports emergencies. This ability can only be achieved through preparation and practice, and Sports Emergency Care: A Team Approach, Third Edition continues to be a groundbreaking text that gives access to the essential resources health care providers need to address sports emergencies. This includes, but is not limited to, athletic trainers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics, and physicians.


From the Foreword:

Emergencies can occur anytime and anywhere in sports, including at a practice or on the bus traveling to an event. After nearly 40 years as a professional sports athletic trainer, these emergency moments give me pause. Preparation is the key to successful outcomes in all emergencies.”

Ronnie P. Barnes, MS, ATC

Senior Vice President, Medical Services

Head Athletic Trainer

New York Football Giants

East Rutherford, NJ


Robb S. Rehberg, PhD, ATC, NREMT, is a Professor and Coordinator of Athletic Training

Clinical Education at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey. He is also a founding

partner of The Rehberg Konin Group, and serves as cofounder, President, and CEO of Sport

Safety International. He currently serves as an ATC Medical Spotter for the National Football

League during New York Jets home games. He also serves as the subject matter expert for first

aid programs for the National Safety Council. Dr. Rehberg previously served as the Director and

Chief of Emergency Services at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey, and spent 13

years as the head athletic trainer at Westwood Regional High School in Westwood, New Jersey.

A graduate of West Chester University (BS), the US Sports Academy (MSS), and Touro

University International (PhD), Dr. Rehberg has authored several refereed papers, 2 textbooks,

and more than a dozen peer-reviewed online courses that have trained over 750,000 coaches,

parents, and athletes in 52 countries. An award-winning lecturer, Dr. Rehberg frequently speaks

at state and national meetings on sports emergency care, spinal injuries in sports, sudden cardiac

arrest in athletes, and concussion management. He is also the executive producer of the National

Safety Council First Aid, CPR, and Emergency Medical Response training videos.


Dr. Rehberg served as a member of the medical staff for athletics (track and field) at the

1996 Olympic Games. He has been active on both state and national levels, having served on the

First and Second National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Inter-Association Task Forces

for the Appropriate Care of the Spine-Injured Athlete, the Task Force on Appropriate Medical

Coverage for the Secondary School-Aged Athlete, and several other committees at the state level.

Dr. Rehberg has also served as a technical adviser to the National Safety Council since 1992 and

as a member of the American Heart Association Task Force that developed the first-ever international

guidelines for first aid in 2000. He was a charter member of the New Jersey Disaster

Medical Assistance Team.


Dr. Rehberg is a former member of the NATA Foundation Board of Directors, is the District

2 Treasurer of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association, is a Trustee of the Brain Injury

Alliance of New Jersey, and served as president of the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey

from 2007 to 2009.


Dr. Rehberg has received numerous awards in recognition of his professional accomplishments.

Most notably, he is an inductee in both the New Jersey Scholastic Coaches Association

Hall of Fame and the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ) Hall of Fame. He is also

the recipient of both the NATA and ATSNJ Service Award, and in 2014 received distinction as a

Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer.


Jeff G. Konin, PhD, ATC, PT, FACSM, FNATA, earned a BS in Physical Education from

Eastern Connecticut State University, an MEd in Sports Medicine from the University of

Virginia, an MPT in Physical Therapy from the University of Delaware, and a PhD in Physical

Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Konin is recognized as a Fellow by both the

American College of Sports Medicine and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association for his

career contributions.

Dr. Konin has held the positions of Professor and the Chair of the Physical Therapy

Department at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island, Director of Athletics at

Eastern Connecticut State University, Faculty & Vice Chair of Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

at the University of South Florida (USF), Executive Director of the Sports Medicine and Athletic

Related Trauma (SMART) Institute at USF, Director of the Graduate Athletic Training Program

at USF, and Health Sciences faculty and Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Medicine at James

Madison University. Dr. Konin is also founding partner in The Rehberg Konin Group, a firm

providing consulting in the areas of sport safety and education, and founding member of Sport

Safety International, specializing in the delivery of sport safety educational resources.


Dr. Konin’s published work and invited presentations have focused in the area of sports medicine

with a particular interest in injury prevention and sport safety. He has shared his expertise at

professional conferences throughout the United States as well as in Australia, New Zealand, Italy,

Norway, Romania, England, and Austria. His experiences have included serving on the medical

staff for the 1996 Olympic Games and as a medical coordinator for the USA Wheelchair Rugby

Paralympic Team. Dr. Konin has been awarded by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association

with the following recognitions: Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer, Athletic Training Service

Award, and Continuing Education Excellence Award.


Dr. Konin is also the author of the following textbooks: Documentation for Athletic Training;

Special Tests for Orthopedic Examination; Management Strategies in Athletic Training; Sports Medicine

Conditions: Return to Play: Recognition, Treatment, Planning; Rehabilitation from the Perspective

of the Athletic Trainer/Physical Therapist; Working as a Team Physician; Practical Kinesiology;

Reimbursement for Athletic Training; and Clinical Athletic Training.



About the Authors

Contributing Authors


Foreword by Ronnie P. Barnes, MS, ATC

Chapter 1 Introduction to Sports Emergency Care

Robb S. Rehberg, PhD, ATC, NREMT

Chapter 2 Preparing for Sports Emergencies

Robb S. Rehberg, PhD, ATC, NREMT and Jim Kyle, MD, FACSM

Chapter 3 Assessment of Sports Emergencies

Robb S. Rehberg, PhD, ATC, NREMT

Chapter 4 Airway Management and Breathing

Robb S. Rehberg, PhD, ATC, NREMT

Chapter 5 Cardiovascular Emergencies

Robb S. Rehberg, PhD, ATC, NREMT

Chapter 6 Care Concepts in Management of the Spine-Injured Athlete

Ron Courson, ATC, PT, NRAEMT, CSCS;

Robb S. Rehberg, PhD, ATC, NREMT; and Michele J. Monaco, DSc, ATC

Chapter 7 Unconsciousness and Seizures

David A. Middlemas, EdD, ATC, CCISM

Chapter 8 Management of Traumatic Brain Injury

Casey Christy, MA, ATC, CSCS

Chapter 9 Injuries to the Thoracic Region

Michael A. Prybicien, MA, ATC, PES, CES

Chapter 10 Abdominal and Pelvic Injuries

David A. Middlemas, EdD, ATC, CCISM

Chapter 11 Fractures and Soft Tissue Injuries

Michael A. Prybicien, MA, ATC, PES, CES and

Louis Rizio III, MD

Chapter 12 General Medical Emergencies

John L. Davis, MS, ATC

Chapter 13 Environmental Emergencies

Rebecca M. Lopez, PhD, ATC, CSCS

Chapter 14 Managing Mental Health Emergencies

Eileen Lubeck, PsyD

Chapter 15 Emergency Care Considerations for the Pediatric and Youth Athlete

Rebecca M. Lopez, PhD, ATC, CSCS and

Jeff G. Konin, PhD, ATC, PT, FACSM, FNATA

Chapter 16 Care of Athletes With Disabilities

Aaron Rubin, MD, FAAFP, FACSM and

Lauren M. Simon, MD, MPH, FACSM, FAAFP

Chapter 17 Emergencies in Sports for the Aging Athlete

David Pezzullo, MS, PT, SCS, ATC

Appendix Equipment Removal Techniques

Financial Disclosures


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