Several objectives were established for the third edition of Orthopedic Taping, Wrapping, Bracing, & Padding. The first objective was to continue the comprehensive presentation of taping, wrapping, bracing, and padding techniques. The second objective was to incorporate the paradigm of evidence-based medicine to serve as a framework for clinical decision-making in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries and conditions. The third objective was to enhance the resources for instructors and students to assist with the organization, presentation, and skill development of the techniques while accommodating various teaching and learning strategies. I believe that these objectives were achieved and supplemented with numerous suggestions from reviewers and students who had previous experience with the second edition.
The overall goal of Orthopedic Taping, Wrapping, Bracing, & Padding is to facilitate learning of the cognitive, psychomotor, and affective skills 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 Role Delineation Study/Practice Analysis and the National Athletic Trainers' Association's Education Competencies 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 third edition remains the same as the second, 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 new 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.
New and expanded pedagogical features are used throughout the text to enhance the material to assist the reader in developing the skills to implement evidence-based medicine into practice.