The fourth edition of Orthopedic Taping, Wrapping, Bracing, & Padding continues the comprehensive presentation of taping, wrapping, bracing, and padding techniques. As the educational content of programs and profession of athletic training continue to evolve, updates and revisions were made throughout the text to provide the reader, instructor, and clinician a framework for clinical decision-making in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and conditions. New clinically relevant research from the literature focusing on taping, wrapping, bracing, and padding techniques was incorporated into evidence summary boxes to provide the best available evidence for technique efficacy. New brace designs and steps of application replaced old techniques to reflect current clinical practice. Revisions to NCAA and NFHS mandatory protective equipment and standards and testing procedures highlight changes made among agencies and organizations to enhance protection for wearers from injury. Updated web references and further reading sections provide additional resources for the reader, instructor, and clinician.
The overall goal of Orthopedic Taping, Wrapping, Bracing, & Padding is to facilitate learning of the knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities required to effectively tape, wrap, brace, and pad patients. The book is intended for professional athletic training students, practicing athletic trainers, and other health care professionals responsible for technique application. Among students, the text is designed to first be used in the didactic setting, then taken to the clinical setting for practice and skill development. The all-inclusive, step-by-step technique focus of the text requires that students possess a general knowledge of anatomy, biomechanics, injury evaluation, treatment, and rehabilitation. This general knowledge can be obtained through either prerequisite or concurrent courses in an Athletic Training program. Several steps in the process of evidence-based practice require research knowledge and skills; as such, students may require guidance from instructors and preceptors at times. The material in the text covers the Board of Certification’s Practice Analysis and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education Curricular Content Standards related to taping, wrapping, bracing, and padding. Among practicing athletic trainers and other health care professionals, the text can serve as a practical resource guide for evidence-based practice.
While much of the fourth edition remains the same as the third, key revisions, updates, and additions have been made to support the overall goal of the text. Chapter 1 introduces tapes, wraps, braces, and pads and includes types, objectives, and recommendations for application. A discussion on evidence-based medicine and evidence-based practice presents an overview and example of the five step process for implementation of tapes, wraps, braces, and pads into clinical practice. Chapter 2 provides information on current and long-range needs and structural considerations of the application area. Chapter 3 includes the foot and toes; Chapter 4, the ankle; Chapter 5, the lower leg; Chapter 6, the knee; Chapter 7, the thigh, hip, and pelvis; Chapter 8, the shoulder and upper arm; Chapter 9, the elbow and forearm; Chapter 10, the wrist; Chapter 11, the hand, fingers, and thumb; and Chapter 12, the thorax, abdomen, and spine. These chapters begin with a general review of injuries and conditions that are common to the body region(s). Next, the chapters present step-by-step taping, wrapping, bracing, and padding techniques used in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of these injuries and conditions. Chapter 13 discusses liability issues, standards and testing, and construction and application of NCAA and NFHS mandatory and standard equipment and padding.
Revised and expanded pedagogical features are used throughout the text to enhance the material to assist the reader in developing the knowledge, skills, and clinical abilities to implement evidence-based medicine into practice.