Dropping the Bucket
I will be giving away one of the books shown above each Saturday, until April 25, to all of those who order a book using this page. They will be given in the order they are pictured.
This week's prize is a first edition of the still popular athletic training text Modern Principles of Athletic Training (1963), by Klafs and Arnheim, now in its' 15th edition and written by William Prentice. The last one is a 1914 Michael Murphy Athletic Training book.
Entries not chosen one week will carry over to the next week. The earlier you order, the better chance you have at winning. All of these books are used and are not close to perfect condition, some have writing and others have library stamps, but all are great pieces of athletic training history.
The price of the print book is $29.99 for softcover and $39.99 for hardcover, including shipping. The signed copies (with a Dropping the Bucket and Sponge bookmark) are $34.99 for softcover and $44.99 for hardcover, including shipping. The eBook is $9.99. The signed copies are more expensive because they have to be shipped twice.
If you have a book and see me, I will sign it for free. If you need a book quickly, or have a bulk order, use the contact page and I will see what I can do to assist you.
Alternate order site for those outside the continental United States: https://www.createspace.com/4232312. Use discount code ZEQRHGQ8 to save $5, making the price $29.99. Shipping is not included on orders outside the continental U.S.
Dropping the Bucket and Sponge was the product of thirty months of research and writing. Thousands of newspaper, magazine and journal articles were consulted to find what the athletic trainers, and their practices, were like in these early days. The book covers the people and events, from 1881 to 1947, that affected athletic training.
There are many biographies, long and short, for some of the athletic trainers during this era. Many athletic training supplies, equipment and practices were detailed. Athletic trainers in both the collegiate and the professional ranks, mostly in baseball, are profiled, along with their practices and facilities. There were very few high school athletic trainers during this time, but what little was found was included.
There is a chapter on the Cramers and their influence on early athletic training. There are also chapters on the original NATA and the athletic trainers' activities during World War II. General practices have four chapters dedicated to them and baseball has five chapters. One chapter is on Andy Lotshaw, the nutty athletic trainer for the Chicago Bears and Cubs. The other chapters detail the lives and activities of the collegiate athletic trainers.
All together, the stories of the athletic trainers and their practice weave the story of athletic training in its' earliest years. For the first time, that story is told by Dropping the Bucket and Sponge.