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THE SPORTS MEDICINE FIELD MANUAL

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The Sports Medicine Field Manual is a downloadable reference tool for on-site evaluation and management of athletic injuries and conditions, as well as education beyond the point of care.

Each section was written by a collaborative team of experts, including orthopaedic surgeons, athletic trainers and primary care physicians with expertise in caring for athletes at all levels.


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Sports Medicine Field Manual Table of Contents

Chapter 1: On-Site Preparedness

Preparticipation Evaluation
Robert J. Dimeff, MD
Rathna Nuti, BA, MD

Medical Staff and Equipment Considerations
Robert J. Dimeff, MD

Emergency Management Action Plan
Anthony Colucci, DO

Chapter 2: Medical Considerations and Risk Management

Sports Nutrition: Hydration
Luke N. Belval, BS, ATC, CSCS
Robert Davis, MD

Sports Nutrition: Supplements/Performance-Enhancing Drugs
Kathleen M. Laquale, PhD, ATC, LAT, LDN

Recreational Drug Use in Athletes
Suzanne Bornschein, MD

Stress Fractures
Rebecca Dutton, BA, MD
Jesseca Holcomb, MS, ATC
Michael Fredericson, BA, MD

Environmental Considerations: Cold-Induced Injury
Mark Ellis, MD 
Brian J. Krabak, MD, MBA, FACSM
William M. Adams, MS, ATC, LAT

Environmental Considerations: Heat-Related Illness
Yuri Hosokawa, MAT, ATC
Douglas J. Casa, PhD, ATC, FACSM, FNATA
John J. Jardine, MD

Environmental Considerations: Altitude Sickness
Nikita Joshi, MD
Lesley W. Vandermark, MS, ATC, PES
Brian J. Krabak, MD, MBA, FACSM

Cardiovascular Diseases
Irfan M. Asif, MD
John T. Parsons, PhD, ATC

Diabetes and Other Metabolic Disorders
Balakrishnan Natarajan, MD
Keelan Schmidley, ATC

Asthma and Other Respiratory Disorders
Kenneth P. Barnes, MD, MSc, CAQSM, FACSM
Martin Baker, MS, ATC, LAT

Infectious Diseases
Holly J. Benjamin, MD, FACSM
Sameer Panjwani, MD
John Honcharuk, ATC, CSCS, FMS2, MCT, Pn1

Paired Organ Loss
Gregory L. Landry, MD
Lori Neilitz, LAT, PT

Neurologic Conditions
Margot Putukian MD, FACSM
Joanna Schneider, MS, ATC

The Female Athlete
Marci Goolsby, MD
Jennifer Loraine Lister, MSEd, ATC/L, CES

Pediatric and Adolescent Athletes
Mininder S. Kocher, MD, MPH
Jennifer Beck, MD
Stephanie D. Hart, MS, ATC

Dermatologic Conditions
Brian B. Adams, MD, MPH
Michael A. Donaworth, MD

Ear, Nose, and Throat Conditions
Jonathan G. Huwe, MS, EMT
Charles W. Webb, DO

Ophthalmologic Conditions
Giselle Aerni, MD
Robert Howard, MA, ATC

Chapter 3: Head Injuries

Concussion
Brian C. Liem, MD
Tamerah N. Hunt, PhD
Stanley A. Herring, MD

Facial Trauma and Dental Injuries
Guy L. Lanzi, DMD

Chapter 4: Spine Injuries

Cervical Spine Injuries
Stephen Paulus, MD
Stephen Bartlinski, ATC, PTA
David James Kennedy, MD

Thoracolumbar Spine Injuries
Scott R. Laker, MD
Bridget Thrower Younger, MEd, ATC/R

Sacral-Coccygeal Injuries
Scott R. Laker, MD
Robyn Thompson-Etzel, ATC

Chapter 5: Shoulder and Thoracic Injuries

Acromioclavicular/Sternoclavicular Joint and Clavicle Injuries
James Tibone, MD

Chest Wall, Proximal Humerus, and Arm Injuries
James Tibone, MD

Soft-Tissue Injuries
Orr Limpisvasti, MD
Brian M. Schulz, MD
Jamie Reed, ATC, LAT

Neurologic Injuries and Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
Orr Limpisvasti, MD
Brian M. Schulz, MD
Jamie Reed, ATC, LAT

Overhead Athletes
Orr Limpisvasti, MD
Brian M. Schulz, MD
Jamie Reed, ATC, LAT

Chapter 6: Elbow and Forearm Injuries

Elbow and Forearm Fractures
Jason Browdy, MD
Greg Hauck, MEd, ATC, CSCS

Other Injuries of the Elbow and Forearm
Jason Browdy, MD
Greg Hauck, MEd, ATC, CSCS

Dislocations and Fracture-Dislocations of the Elbow
Jason Browdy, MD
Greg Hauck, MEd, ATC, CSCS

Soft-Tissue Injuries
Joshua S. Dines, MD
Raymond Ramirez, MS, ATC, CSCS

Osteochondral Injuries and Osteochondritis Dissecans
Joshua S. Dines, MD
Raymond Ramirez, MS, ATC, CSCS

Nerve Entrapments
Joshua S. Dines, MD
Raymond Ramirez, MS, ATC, CSCS

Chapter 7: Hand and Wrist Injuries

Wrist Fractures
Steven S. Shin, MD, MMS
Jessica M. Jewell, MAT, ATC, CSCS, PES/CES

Wrist Instability and Soft-Tissue Injuries
Steven S. Shin, MD, MMS
Jessica M. Jewell, MAT, ATC, CSCS, PES/CES

Hand Fractures
Sameer K. Puri, MD
Michelle G. Carlson, MD
Roger Hinds, BS, MS, ATC, CES

Hand Instability and Soft-Tissue Injuries
Sameer K. Puri, MD
Michelle G. Carlson, MD
Roger Hinds, BS, MS, ATC, CES

The Lacerated Hand
Sameer K. Puri, MD
Michelle G. Carlson, MD
Roger Hinds, BS, MS, ATC, CES

Chapter 8: Abdominal and Pelvic Injuries

Asheesh Bedi, MD
Alexander E. Weber, MD
Richard W. Bancroft, MS, ATC
Justin B. Dimick, MD, MPH

Chapter 9: Hip and Thigh Injuries

Alexander E. Weber, MD
Richard W. Bancroft, MS, ATC
William T. Shinavier Jr, MS
Asheesh Bedi, MD

Chapter 10: Knee Injuries and Related Conditions

Jason L. Dragoo, MD
Jeff Tuman, MD

Chapter 11: Leg Injuries

Bradley J. Nelson, MD
Donnie Fuller, BPE, Dip SIM, ATC, CAT(C)
Jeffrey Winslow, MS, ATC, CSCS

Chapter 12: Foot and Ankle Injuries

Ankle Fractures
Kenneth S. Jung, MD

Ankle Instability and Soft-Tissue Injuries
Kenneth S. Jung, MD

Foot Fractures
Christopher Kreulen, MD, MS

Instability and Soft-Tissue Injuries
Christopher Kreulen, MD, MS

Osteochondral Injuries
Christopher Kreulen, MD, MS

Chapter 13: Athletes With Special Needs

Cindy J. Chang, MD
Doug Rempe, MPT, MEd, ATC