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First Aid Treatment

Sports frequently produce minor injuries such as bruises and muscle strains
       Minor accidents can be anticipated as a part of participating in sports, especially those that involve physical contact. However, all sports that involve falling, running, jumping, hurdling over objects, springing from objects, etc. can experience concussions, bone bruises, strained and torn muscles, green stick fractures, plus an assortments of abrasions, cuts, and normal occurrences of being young and sometimes being a little awkward/uncoordinated.

       In todays world of both parents and single parents working creates difficulties in transporting athletes to early morning sports practices and after school lessons such as ballet. This frequently results in a school age child not having a parent on site in the event of an accident requiring a decision to seak medical treatment. All children who have a non custotial care giver should provide them with a signed medical treatment form.

       It is frequently difficult to make a decision about the seriousness of the injury, what is the most prudent treatment, and the decision to seek medical assistance. Some individuals have different pain thresholds resulting in those who will "play through the pain" rather then consult a physician who they fear might recommend treatment that requires taking substantial time off and perhaps being unable to compete.

Certified First Responder
       A Certified First Responders (CFR) is the first individual on a site who has the training to provide immediate, efficient, and immediate care to those who are ill and injured. Every organization needs to train people to be able to be "first responders" to be in attendance of sports practices, training/exercise sessions, and competitive events. Such individuals can be expected to encounter situations in which it must be determined if there is a need to call 911.

       It's is as important to know what to do before making a 911 call as afterward while waiting for help to arrive.  The CFR has a basic training to properly assess the situation and respond with recognized methods to ensure that meets personal well-being conforming to basic medical-legal principles as defined within the scope of care as defined by state, regional and local regulatory agencies.

Medical Records
       Medical experts recommend preparing for an emergency by gathering all the information you'll need to provide the 911 operator and the emergency team. It is also essential to have on hand for a caregiver, relative, or friend to have a medical form allowing them to make medical decisions in an emergency.

       The following information should be available:
  • The street address, apartment number, and closest cross street of the location of the patient.
  • A call-back number, in case emergency personnel have additional questions.
  • Chronic medical conditions. If any exist, list the medications and the physician's information.
  • Recent medical events and medical records.
  • Parent's home and work phones.
Standard Operating Procedures
       As a first responder. be prepared to answer questions about the person's condition. These questions may include:
  • Is the person awake?
  • Is the person breathing?
  • Is there an injury?
  • Is the person in a dangerous spot or position where further injury could occur?
  • Has the person experienced a recent major medical event?
  • Does the person have a chronic medical condition?
       Never hang up until the 911 operator tells you to do so. While waiting for emergency care, you should do the following:
  • If the person is not breathing, begin CPR, but only if you have been trained to do so.
  • If there is a wound, begin first aid. (See instructions below.)
  • Stay calm and reassure the person that help is on the way.
  • Make the person as comfortable as possible.
  • Gather the person's medications to give to the emergency team.
  • Move furniture to allow easy access to the person.
  • Recall the facts: How long has the person been sick? How long has he been unconscious? When and how did the accident happen?
  • Have someone at the door to let in the emergency personnel and guide them to the person.
Common First Aid Topics
Abdominal Pain
Acetaminophen Poisoning
Allergic Reaction
Ankle Fracture
Ankle Sprain
Asthma Attack
Broken Toe
Bruises (Hematomas)
Choking
Cuts and Wounds
Dizziness
Fever in Children
Food Poisoning
Hypothermia
Nosebleeds
Pulled Muscle (Muscle Strain)
Sprains
Vertigo

Source - WebMD

Preventive Measures include wearing Safety Gear

        All physical activities from skateboarding to playing contact sports require careful consideration and regular use. Such protection can range from helmets, knee, fanny, hip, and elbow pads. Appropriate safety gear should be worn while playing any sport. Wearing the right gear for the right activity is important

        Safety gear should be worn during practice. In a national survey of parents, 33% said they frequently did not take the same safety precautions for practice as they did for games. Medical experts indicate that 60% of all sports related injuries occur during practice rather than during a game.

        It can be hard to get a child to wear a helmet of other protective equipment. It helps if parents wear protection as it makes an important statement and children are much more likely to follow the lead in physical activities. This is especially true of bike riding as it is in buckling up with seat belts.

        Coaches and parents need to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to sports injuries such as falling.

Sporting organizations and facility owner/management have responsibilities to be prepared.       
        The responsibility for treating injuries and illnesses during a sporting event generally falls to the sponsoring organization that is hosting/ managing the event.

       When traveling to another designation, a trainer should have their own equipment and supplies instead of accepting the uncertainty of what might be available at the site.  Sometimes the First Aid room will not be staffed and locked. The delay in gaining access can be delayed, thus putting the patient in more distress.

      The owner of the facility should expect and be prepared to treat spectators at sporting events who trip and fall negotiating the stairs or accessing the stands.

      A Sports First Responder plays an integral role in providing pre-hospital emergency care until an ambulance can be dispatched.  In many situations the service of an ambulance is engaged and stationed on site during the actual competition.  However, such medical care is rarely provided for regularly scheduled practices.

      A certified first responder is a person who has completed a course and received certification in providing pre-hospital care for medical emergencies. They have more skill than someone who is trained in basic first aid but they are not a substitute for advanced medical care rendered by emergency medical technicians (EMTs), emergency physicians, nurses, or paramedics. First responder courses cover cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), automated external defibrillator usage, spinal and bone fracture immobilization, oxygen and, in some cases, emergency childbirth as well as advanced first aid.

Source -
  Certified First Responder

Certified First Responder (CFR) Original Course
Certified First Responder (CFR) Original Course Curriculum. All files are available in Portable Document Format (help for PDF).

Certified First Responder Job Duties and Education Requirements
Individuals searching for certified first responder found the following information relevant and useful.

Volunteers Should be Trained for Emergencies
       Coaches, other rink or school employees, and adult members of sports clubs or organization should be trained in various life saving and emergency first aid.  Rinks and participating sporting clubs must be encouraged to stock multiple locations at the facility that are designed as first aid centers and are available to designed trained staff and volunteers.

       There is a likelihood that older visitors may experience heart attacks or strokes and successful recovery can depend on the availability of an immediate response. It is highly recommended that a portable Defibrillator be purchased and individuals be trained on how to use the equipment in addition to providing normal Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) techniques.

A Well Equipped First Aid Station

Emergency Supplies

Survival Kits & Supplies

First Aid Kits & Stations

Sanitation & Hygiene Kits

Custom Emergency Kits

Emergency Supplies

Water & Food Ration

Flashlights & Radios

Emergency Tools

Shelter & Warmth

ID & Information

Survival Backpacks

Emergency Supplies Storage

MobileAid Multi-function 24/7 Trauma First Aid Station (31700) "Day or Night"-ready, compact 260-piece mobile emergency trauma first aid kit that meets OSHA and ANSI standards with added features of 2 multifunction LED flashlights, Quikclot hemostatic sponges, and high visibility safety vest.

Delivers the best possible first aid care 24/7, even in blackout conditions. Crush-resistant exoskeleton frame protects supplies from falling debris in earthquakes and other severe disasters.



The AED will be available to the “trained” faculty, staff and students in case of cardiac arrest. It is the program’s intention to provide the best resources available to assist an individual in cardiac arrest providing that there is the necessary equipment and properly trained AED providers available at the time of the cardiac arrest.


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combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
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