The Athletic Trainer's Guide to Differential Diagnosis: A Visual Learning Approach

Sharon V. Clark, MS, ATC; Andrew P. Winterstein, PhD, ATC
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As educators, we strive to teach students to think critically and to commit to a diagnosis, the ability to make that commitment is one of the most difficult steps for clinicians in training. With many possible injuries and conditions, and an equally large number of diagnostic elements, a clear and logical method is needed.

The Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Differential Diagnosis: A Visual Learning Approach provides an approach that helps the reader sort through the possibilities and think about the clinical evaluation within a clinical thinking framework using a visual mapping approach.

The Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Differential Diagnosis is not designed to be a “how-to” evaluation text. Rather, it is designed to create a framework that allows the reader to think differently about differential diagnoses, access existing knowledge in anatomy and clinical evaluation, and assess information for the purpose of making higher-order clinical decisions.

Dr. Andrew P. Winterstein and Sharon V. Clark have organized The Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Differential Diagnosis by body part, as well as by location in the body. The reader will be able to examine the possible diagnoses by location and approach the evaluation in a more focused and organized fashion. This method of evaluation also allows the reader the opportunity to apply evidence-based principles to the clinical evaluation process.

The Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Differential Diagnosis takes a visual learning approach with an emphasis on diagrams, tables, and boxes to illustrate the visual evaluation framework. In addition, each chapter offers a clinical case to provide a springboard for approaching the differential diagnosis process.

The Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Differential Diagnosis: A Visual Learning Approach will enhance the athletic training student and clinician’s critical thinking skills, as well as be an excellent resource for self-assessment and preparation for certification.

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About the Authors
Foreword by Thomas Best, MD, PhD
Chapter 1       How to Use This Guide/The Learning Diagram Approach
Chapter 2       The Foot
Chapter 3       The Ankle and Lower Leg
Chapter 4       The Knee and Patellofemoral Joint
Chapter 5       The Hip
Chapter 6       The Spine
Chapter 7       The Shoulder
Chapter 8       The Elbow
Chapter 9       The Wrist and Hand
Chapter 10     The Head and Face
Chapter 11     The Abdomen and Thorax
Chapter 12     Learning Activities: Paper Patients and Case Studies
Appendix A    Differential Diagnosis Templates
Appendix B... Clinical Findings Templates
Appendix C    Bibliography


“This book has a very unique perspective on athletic training, and fills a glaring void in the literature…This guide takes a very complex and daunting topic, simplifies the process, and makes the information much more accessible for students who are learning, as well as for practicing professionals who may need to refresh their memories or were never taught the process in the first place.  The organization of the book makes it an easy reference for students and professionals alike, and the addition of the “diagnostic evidence” sections promotes the incorporation of evidence-based medicine into everyday practice.”

- Kimberly M. Friedman, MS, ATC, CES, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Doody's Review Service
“I am convinced The Athletic Trainer’s Guide to Differential Diagnosis is an essential text for athletic trainers entering the high school setting, who are often without colleagues to discuss interesting and difficult cases… Winterstein and Clark have distilled a tremendous amount of useful information into simple groupings of boxes and lists. This is a unique and effective approach to learning the construction of differential diagnosis. The large number of lists contained in the text makes this book a useful addition for practitioners. I have already asked our library to order a copy because I want to keep a copy in my own bookcase.”

- James M. Lynch, MD, Florida Southern College, The NATA News

About the Editors

Andrew P. Winterstein, PhD, ATC is a clinical professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison, Wisconsin, where he serves as the program director of their CAATE-accredited athletic training professional preparation program. He also maintains an affiliate appointment in the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation in the School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Winterstein has been at the University of Wisconsin since 1986. He provided clinical care as part of the athletic training staff in the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics for 14 years before moving over to direct the AT education program. He is an alumnus of the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, and the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

Dr. Winterstein’s academic interests include studying emerging technologies and their use in teaching and learning; medical humanities and their application to athletic training education; organizational dynamics and behaviors; patient outcomes following injury; and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). His papers and abstracts have appeared in the Journal of Athletic Training, Athletic Therapy Today, Sports Health, and Athletic Training and Sports Health Care. He has been privileged to make numerous professional presentations at the state, regional, and national level.

A certified member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association since 1985 and a certified member of the Wisconsin Athletic Trainers’ Association, Dr. Winterstein is active in many aspects of athletic training. He serves as a reviewer for the Journal of Athletic Training and the Athletic Training Education Journal, is a reviewer and member of the editorial board for Athletic Training and Sports Health Care, and has served on several state, regional, and national committees. Dr. Winterstein has received numerous awards, including the 2008 Great Lakes Athletic Training Association Outstanding Educator Award, the 2007 Wisconsin Athletic Trainers Association Outstanding Educator Award, and the 2006 University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Education Distinguished Service Award. He and his colleagues were three-time winners of the NATA Educational Multimedia Committee award for educational innovations and have been awarded the MERLOT Classics Award for exemplary on-line learning objects. He is the author of two textbooks, The Athletic Training Student Primer (now in its 2nd edition) and Administrative Topics in Athletic Training: Concepts to Practice (coauthored with Gary L. Harrelson, EdD, ATC and Greg Gardner, EdD, ATC, LAT), both published by SLACK Incorporated.

In his spare time, Andy enjoys fly fishing, stand-up paddle boarding, reading, and writing. He resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife, Barb.
Sharon V. Clark, MS, ATC is an assistant faculty associate in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in Madison, Wisconsin, where she currently serves as Clinical Coordinator and instructor in their CAATE-accredited professional preparation program in athletic training. She also maintains a position as a senior athletic trainer for the Sports Rehabilitation Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Department of UWHealth. She continues to participate in outreach athletic training event coverage for UWHealth. Ms. Clark has been with the University of Wisconsin–Madison since 2009, and has been a care provider for UWHealth for over 18 years. Prior to working in the rehabilitation clinical setting, she provided athletic training services as a physician extender and at an area high school. Ms. Clark is an alumnus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

In her spare time, Ms. Clark enjoys running, kayaking, and following her children in their respective activities. She resides in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband, Brent, and two children, Carly and Luke.