Athletic Training Student Primer: A Foundation for Success, Third Edition

Andrew P Winterstein, PhD ATC

  • $67.95
  • ISBN 10 1-61711-092-2
  • ISBN 13 978-1-61711-092-4
  • 424 pp Soft Cover
  • Pub. Date: 2018
  • Order# 40924

Athletic Training Student Primer: A Foundation for Success, Third Edition is a dynamic text that provides students with a foundation upon which they can build their athletic training knowledge and develop an authentic understanding of the rewards and challenges of the athletic training profession.

The Third Edition of Athletic Training Student Primer: A Foundation for Success by Andrew P. Winterstein builds upon previous editions in providing a mix of foundational athletic training knowledge coupled with human interest information to help guide students in their decision-making process when contemplating a career. This Third Edition breaks the mold of other introductory athletic training texts by including answers to many "real-life" athletic training situations.

The Third Edition is broken into four sections that cover all different aspects of the profession:

  • Understanding athletic training
  • Common injuries and conditions
  • Planning, prevention, and care
  • Preparing for success


Further expanding the learning process, included with each new textbook purchase is access to a companion website that includes videos, a glossary, and various web resources.



Updated Features Include:

  • New injury spotlights for the upper and lower extremity and general medical conditions
  • Updated information from athletic training students on keys to success
  • New career spotlights from athletic trainers working in a broad range of career settings
  • Updated information on historic changes in athletic training, including the upcoming transition to master’s degree for professional preparation
  • Updated web resources
  • Additional resources for instructors
  • Complete redesign of text layout and updated images


Athletic Training Student Primer: A Foundation for Success, Third Edition is a must have for students taking the first step into a career in athletic training.


Photo and Illustration Credits


About the Author

Interview Participants and Contributors

Foreword by Jay Hertel, PhD, ATC, FNATA


Section I        Understanding Athletic Training

Chapter 1          Athletic Training: An Allied Health Profession

Chapter 2          Historical Perspectives and Future Directions

Chapter 3          Getting Started: Educational Requirements for Athletic Training

Chapter 4          Educational Resources for Athletic Training Students


Section II      Common Injuries and Conditions

Chapter 5          Understanding Athletic Injury/Illness: Terminology and Classification

Chapter 6          Common Injuries to the Lower Extremity

Chapter 7          Common Injuries to the Upper Extremity

Chapter 8          Common Injuries to the Head, Face, and Spine

Chapter 9          Common Injuries to the Abdomen and Thorax, and General Medical Conditions


Section III    Planning, Prevention, and Care

Chapter 10        Blood-Borne Pathogens and Standard Precautions

Chapter 11        Emergency Planning and Injury Evaluation

Chapter 12        Environmental Concerns

Chapter 13        First Aid and Initial Injury Care

Chapter 14        Components of Rehabilitation

Chapter 15        Taping and Bracing


Section IV     Preparing for Success

Chapter 16        Looking Ahead


Appendix A       Board of Certification Standards of Professional Practice

Appendix B       Athletic Training Manifesto

Appendix C       The Musculoskeletal System

Appendix D       Sport Concussion Assessment Tool—5th Edition (SCAT5)

Appendix E        Sample History and Pre-Participation Physical Examination Forms

Appendix F        Résumé Action Words



Andrew P. Winterstein, PhD, ATC is a distinguished clinical professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he currently serves as the program director of the athletic training professional preparation program. A graduate of the University of Arizona, University of Oregon, and UW–Madison, Dr. Winterstein has been active in athletic training patient care and educational programming at UW–Madison since 1986.

Dr. Winterstein’s academic interests include: emerging technologies and their use in teaching and learning, medical humanities and their application to athletic training education, organizational dynamics, educational interventions/behavioral change, and patient-reported outcome measures following injury. His papers and abstracts have appeared in a variety of athletic training and sports medicine journals, and he has been privileged to make numerous professional presentations at state, regional, national, and international conferences.

In addition to this text, he is the coauthor of Administrative Topics in Athletic Training: Concepts to Practice, Second Edition with Gary Harrelson and Greg Gardner and coauthor of The Athletic Trainers Guide to Differential Diagnosis: A Visual Learning Approach with Sharon Clark.  

Dr. Winterstein has received numerous awards, including the 2017 Sayers “Bud” Miller Distinguished Educator Award, 2016 National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award, 2008 Great Lakes Athletic Training Association Outstanding Educator Award, 2007 Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association Outstanding Educator Award, and the 2006 UW–Madison School of Education Distinguished Service Award. He and his colleagues are 3-time winners of the NATA Educational Multimedia Committee award for educational innovations and have been awarded the MERLOT Classics Award for exemplary online learning objects.

Andy enjoys fly fishing, standup paddling, watch collecting, reading, and writing. He resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, Barb.