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Athletic Training

This guide provides links to article databases, books, professional websites and more on the topic of athletic training.

Search Word Help: Education

Search Word Help

The search words you use to search article databases like SPORTDiscus or Academic Search Complete will yield the best results if the words mirror database terms used to describe the articles or are in the text of the articles.


Key Elements of Successful Searching:

· Synonyms: use more than one expression to describe your topic: for example: head injuries OR concussion

· Truncation: use * to “truncate” words to find as many forms as possible for a word: for example: injur* will retrieve injury OR injuries OR injured OR injure

· Logical operators OR and AND: for example: sports injuries AND concussion will yield articles that deal with both the topics of sports injuries and concussions (narrows your search); concussion OR head injuries will yield articles on either concussions OR head injuries (broadens your search)

· Phrase searching: use N4 to find terms 4 words apart: for example, brain N4 concussion yields articles where the words brain and concussion appear within four words of each other


Clarify Your Concepts by Using a Table:

If you are researching sports injuries, specifically concussion or head injuries, here is one possible set of search terms:

Main Concept

Concept: Type of Injury

Concept: Type of Sport

sports injuries



sports accidents

head injuries


sports N4 wounds


Limit to Full Text, Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals, or to English Language only articles to further refine your search

Remember!: review your search results and use words from the “subjects,” titles or abstracts to make your search strategy more effective!

Here is a screen shot of a possible search on this subject in SPORTDiscus:

Sample Athletic Training Search

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