What to do in case of injury
When a player goes down with an injury, it is important to remain calm, and ask your assistant or a parent to take care of the team. If you have had to stop practice, it must be fairly serious. Even if you are qualified, you need to make sure that you get immediate assistance for the player.
After caring for your own safety, checking for responsiveness and calling for help, it is important to check ABC's. ABC's stand for Airway, Breathing, and Circulation.
The most likely problems you may encounter are two children running into each other and banging heads, heat exhaustion, prior medical issues (i.e. inhalers) and dehydration. Make sure that the parents of an injured player know their son or daughter was hurt during practice. Err on the side of safety.
What to do for ...
If blood is involved, always wear latex gloves for protection.
- Clean the wound and apply a clean, sterile bandage.
- If a deep cut, apply light pressure to the wound to control bleeding.
- Recommend that the parent immediately take the child to the hospital for a professional opinion.
The R.I.C.E. Method of Acute Injury Treatment
Resting is important as it will allow the injured area the time to heal itself as well as help prevent further injury.
Use ice bags & cold packs to limit swelling by reducing blood flow to the injured area. Do not leave ice on an injury for more than 20 minutes at a time.
Compress or wrap the area with an ACE bandage around the swollen part of your body. If throbbing occurs, remove the bandage and re-wrap the area so the bandage is a little looser.
Elevating an injury reduces swelling. It's most effective when the injured area is raised above the level of the heart. For example, if you injure an ankle, try lying on your bed or sofa with your foot propped on a couple of pillows.