National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Environmental Cold Injuries
Authors: Cappaert, Thomas A.; Stone, Jennifer A.; Castellani, John W.; Krause, Bentley Andrew; Smith, Daniel; Stephens, Bradford A.
Source: Journal of Athletic Training, 1 December 2008, vol. 43, no. 6, pp. 640-658(19)
Abstract:Objective: To present recommendations for the prevention, recognition, and treatment of environmental cold injuries.
Background: Individuals engaged in sport-related or workrelated physical activity in cold, wet, or windy conditions are at risk for environmental cold injuries. An understanding of the physiology and pathophysiology, risk management, recognition, and immediate care of environmental cold injuries is an essential skill for certified athletic trainers and other health care providers working with individuals at risk.
Recommendations: These recommendations are intended to provide certified athletic trainers and others participating in athletic health care with the specific knowledge and problem-solving skills needed to address environmental cold injuries. Each recommendation has been graded (A, B, or C) according to the Strength of Recommendation Taxonomy criterion scale.
Document Type: Research Article