Pharmacology Application in Athletic Training

Pharmacology Application in Athletic TrainingBook Reviews: Here’s the information students need to know about how drugs work and how they can affect athletic performance. Through “real life” scenarios, students gain insights into the application of pharmacology in their clinical practice—from assisting an athlete who is taking a new medication to recognizing drug-related side effects when a negative reaction is occurring to handling instances of drug abuse.

Beginning with an overview of pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, the text presents prescription and over-the-counter medications in relation to the injuries or health conditions athletic trainers commonly encounter. Frequently abused substances such as amphetamines, herbals, and anabolic steroids are also addressed. Legal and ethical issues of drug use are presented, such as HIPAA–mandated privacy issues, drug testing, and which drugs are deemed as acceptable or banned according to NCAA and US Olympic standards

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My daughter took a pharmacology class over winter break and read some of the sections from this book out loud to me (she’s an auditory learner). I really don’t know much about athletic training, other than having a gymnast under my roof for 20-odd years.

But, typical of me, I became intrigued with what I heard, so I ended up reading this thing pretty much cover to cover. I even took most of the quizzes and ans red the review questions. I didn’t really understand the difference between acetaminophen and ibuprofen before reading it here. I’d kind of gulp one or the other down when my head was pounding and hope for the best. Turns out acetaminophen is an analgesic used for pain, and ibuprofen is an NSAID used primarily as an anti-inflammatory. See how smart I am now? 🙂

Technical terminology (e.g., big words with two-paragraph syllables ending in “-solone”) abounds in this book, which explains why my daughter had to take so many biology classes as pre-req’s for this class. She seemed to know what the authors were talking about, but I had no clue so I glossed over a lot of it and got the gist via context, which worked for me. I still was able to understand much of the topic, and the charts were very helpful.

The section on doping was particularly timely with the recent focus on Lance Armstrong and the testing of HGH in MLB. (I throw acronyms around like I know what I’m talking about, and I actually do.) I have a much better understanding of the physiological ramifications of performance-enhancing substances–including vitamin/mineral/herbal supplements, protein powders, and OTC drugs, which makes it worth the read.

Some students reading this review will wonder why on earth anyone not required to read a book like this would actually do so. My response is, you’ll eventually hit an age when learning something new is a privilege and not a chore. Also, when you get to be my age, all you have is diet and exercise, so you’d better understand what these substances are doing to your body. Besides, it really is interesting stuff.

From a layperson’s perspective, this text is lucid (always a plus) and informative. Maybe not as comprehensive as many, but for an entry-level pharmacological course, I think it would suffice.

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Reference Type: Book
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Author: Brent C. Mangus
Year: 2005
Place Published: Philadelphia, Us
Publisher: F.A. Davis
Number of Pages: 235
Edition: 1
ISBN -10: 0803611277
ISBN-13: 978-0803611276
Kindle Available: ASIN: B00HYX3XPA
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