Accidents happen and First Aid is all part and parcel of sport. Here's a basic check list:
- Ideally, a qualified first aider should be available at all club training sessions and events
- There should be at least one first aid kit at every training session or event
- Clubs should encourage members, coaches and/or volunteers to attend a first aid training course
- First aid training courses typically cost around £30 and there are a number available. Contact your National Governing Body in the first instance as they may have access to courses; other training providers include the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance
- Keep an Incident Report Form up to date and record any accidents. We have a template for you here.
First Aid hints and tips
- A first aid kit should not be a bag that carries all sorts of potions and lotions - it should be practical, easy to carry, clean and organised for easy access in an emergency.
The following is an example list of equipment to be included:
- Protective gloves (kept in a clean plastic bag).
- Resuscitator face mask
- Crepe bandages (various sizes)
- Triangular bandages
- Sterile dressings (pads and bandages) various sizes
- Gauze swabs
- Individual antiseptic wipes
- Ice packs
- Plasters various sizes (see notes on cuts)
- Cotton wool (roll of)
- Cotton wool swabs
- Spray bottle with clean water