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Core journals refer to the journals within a given specialty that are the most important ones for that specialty. They are frequently among the most well-known journals: the most often read, consulted, or cited by other researchers, educators, and practitioners within that specialty.
HINT: Core journals are also good journals for students to consult who are looking for research articles in a given speciality!
Core Journals in Athletic Training
These are the core 6 journals for the field of athletic training as identified in a 2007 JMLA article (Journal of the Medical Library Association), entitled: "Mapping the Literature of Athletic Training" by authors Frances Delwiche, MLIS and Ellen Hall, MALS.
(Journals are listed alphabetically. Links lead to journal access through FGCU Library, if available.)
JOSPT(acroynm stands for Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy; the official journal of the American Physical Therapy Association's Orthopaedic Section and Sports Physical Therapy Section)
British Journal of Sports Medicine(international peer-reviewed journal of sport and exercise medicine for "physicians, physiotherapists, exercise scientists and those involved in public policy")
Clinical Biomechanics(peer-reviewed "international multidisciplinary journal of musculoskeletal biomechanics")
Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine(international peer-reviewed journal publishing "original research and reviews covering diagnostics, therapeutics, and rehabilitation in healthy and physically challenged individuals of all ages and levels of sport and exercise participation")
European Journal of Applied Physiology(peer-reviewed journal focusing on research of the human body under a variety of environmental and exercise conditions, including "those relating to occupational, sporting, recreational and daily activities throughout the human life-span")
Experimental Brain Research(peer-reviewed journal on "experimental research of the central and peripheral nervous system in the fields of molecular, physiology, behaviour, neurochemistry, developmental, cellular and molecular neurobiology, and experimental pathology relevant to general problems of cerebral function")
Foot & Ankle International(official journal of the American Orthopaedic Foot; "emphasizes surgical and medical management as it relates to the foot and ankle with a specific focus on reconstructive, trauma, and sports-related conditions utilizing the latest technological advances")
International Journal of Sports Medicine (publishes "papers dealing with both basic and applied information that advance the field of sports medicine and exercise science, and offer a better understanding of biomedicine")
Journal of Applied Biomechanics(official peer-reviewed journal of the International Society of Biomechanics; "devoted to the study of musculoskeletal or neuromuscular biomechanics in human movement, sport, and rehabilitation")
Journal of Applied Physiology(a publication of the American Physiological Society; "publishes original papers that deal with diverse areas of research in applied physiology, especially those papers emphasizing adaptive and integrative mechanisms")
Journal of Biomechanics (affiliated with the American Society of Biomechanics; peer-reviewed journal publishing "reports of original and substantial findings using the principles of mechanics to explore biological problems")
Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery(peer-reviewed journal "on medical, surgical, and physical techniques for treating injury/disease of the upper extremity, including the shoulder girdle, arm, and elbow")
Scandinavian JournalofMedicine & Science in Sports(peer-reviewed journal with "original articles on the traumatological (orthopaedical), physiological, biomechanical, medical (including rehabilitation), sociological, psychological, pedagogical, historical and philosophical aspects of sport"
Sports Medicine(peer-reviewed journal with "review articles that interpret and evaluate the current literature to provide the rationale for and application of research findings in the sports medicine and exercise field"
Strength and Conditioning Journal (peer-reviewed journal "for strength coaches, personal trainers, physical therapists, athletic trainers, and other health professionals working in the strength and conditioning field")