Introduction to General Medical Conditions

Genevieve Ludwig and Megan Streveler-Lundstrom

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Introduction to General Medical Conditions explains the most common non-orthopedic maladies seen in the active population. The text is designed to be a reference tool for students and professionals who work with athletes or a physically active population. Each chapter covers a specific body part or system. Also discussed are preventative measures to avoid developing these conditions. Coaches, students in allied health professions, physical education teachers, parents, and athletes will benefit from reading this text.

The first unit of the text gives an introduction to general medicine concepts. It starts by providing an introduction to clinical pathology, common medical procedures, the basics of pharmacology, and lastly, introduces common contagious illnesses.

The second unit of the text discusses body systems and complications that may arise in each system. Common conditions and illnesses of the respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, urinary, reproductive, neurological, and endocrine systems are introduced. Additionally, the second unit covers dermatological conditions and issues that may arise in the eyes or ears. Each illness and condition in the text provides the associated signs and symptoms, most common treatment plan and recommended preventative measures.

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Genevieve Ludwig

Genevieve Elizabeth Ludwig, EdD, ATC is an assistant professor and athletic training clinical education coordinator at Southern Utah University. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Montana Western in K-12 health and physical education with emphasis in sports medicine, her master’s degree in secondary education while working as an athletic training graduate assistant at Eastern Oregon University, and her doctorate of education from Walden University. Dr.

Megan Streveler-Lundstrom

Megan Jane Streveler, EdD, LAT, is the athletic training program director at the University of Iowa. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in exercise & sport science – athletic training, her masters’ degree at the University of Wisconsin Madison in educational administration-higher education, and earned her doctorate of education from the University of Minnesota. Dr.