This book is dedicated to several groups of people: To my family, without whose love and support I would not have been able to achieve my goals. To the many athletic trainers—several who have been true pioneers in our field—who took the time to share their knowledge and experience with me over the years. To the athletes I have been privileged to work with during the years. Finally, to the students who have inspired me and allowed me to share my knowledge and experience with them—thank you.
That’s the thing. Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.
—The captain explaining the Second Lesson to Eddie in Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven (Hyperion Books, New York, 2003).