Football First Aid Kits

First aid kit on football field
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Football, while fun, and extremely entertaining to watch is a dangerous sport. A variety of injury issues can arise throughout a game of football, ranging from minor cuts and bruises to more major issues like concussion and potential paralyzation. Thus it is important for football coaches to have a properly stocked first aid kit available at all practices and games. In youth football, player safety is paramount and all potential steps should be taken in order to ensure such safety.

Emergency Medical Cards

Having proper contact and medical information for each player is extremely important in case of an emergency. Thus, prior to the first practice, coaches should require all parents/guardians of players on the team to submit a completed emergency medical card. Information on such cards includes primary and secondary emergency contact names and telephone numbers, as well as listing any special medication such as an inhaler for asthma, insulin for diabetes, EpiPen for allergic reactions, etc. The parents/guardians are responsible for maintaining such medication. The medical cards should be kept organized and in an area where they are immediately accessible.

Ice Cooler

Ice is used to treat a variety of medical issues. Ice packs can be used to relieve pain, swelling, and inflammation, as well providing a soothing sensation. Ample ice needs to be available on hand for minor injuries.

Make sure to stock plastic bags.

Medical Kit

A proper medial kit should be on hand at all times, during all practices and games. While the contents of kits vary to some degree, the basics remain consistent.

Medical Kit Contents

Adhesive bandages

Alcohol wipes

Antibiotic ointment

Athletic tape

Cotton swabs

CPR resuscitation mask

Elastic bandages

Elastic tape

Elastic wrap

Eye Wash

Foam padding

Gauze - rolls and various size pads

Hydrogen Peroxide

Ice Packs (if actual ice is not available)

Medical Gloves

Non-stick wound pads

Petroleum jelly

Scissors

Tape cutter

Tweezers

CPR and First Aid Courses

Coaches should maintain current CPR certification, and attend a first aid class which focuses on treatment of sports injuries (Many sports medicine groups provide yearly classes).

Certified Athletic Trainer

A certified athletic trainer is a specifically certified healthcare professional who practices within the field of sports medicine. The American Medical Association officially recognized athletic training as an allied health care profession in 1990. Such a trainer is best equipped to provide instant medical diagnosis and assistance. Thus, a trainer should be on hand for all games and practices. Trainers can provide a more in-depth evaluation, and suggest a potential course of action. Diagnosis and treatment varies with each individual athlete depending on a variety of factors, including age, size, symptoms, and medical health history. Athletes should be evaluated by a doctor or other medical professional prior to each season in order to make sure that they are physically able to participate in football.

Duties of a Trainer

Here are some common duties of an athletic trainer:

Take proactive measures such as applying tape, bandages, and braces

Recognize injuries

Evaluate injuries

Provide immediate medical care

Develop a potential course for action for injured athletes

Keep organized records