Sports First Aid

Sports First Aid. These blogs will give first aid hints, tips and knowledge to sports coaches and practitioners about doing real first aid in their sporting environment.

From sprains and strains to fractures and dislocations, these blogs will give advice on when you should keep a player on the pitch or they need to be stopped from playing.

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7 top tips for retaining your First Aid knowledge

Most first aid certificates last for 3 years, some for just one year. In between, your knowledge and possible ability to respond, naturally fades. If we deal with very few incidents in the workplace, this lack of practice in skills is compounded and can lead to a poor response to an incident. There is no…

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Assessing and treating a sprained ankle

Assessing and treating a sprained ankle Ankle injuries are very common but difficult to diagnose. Slips, trips and falls are common in the outdoors. If someone takes a tumble and hurts their ankle, how do we know if it is broken, sprained or strained? Unless you see a bone sticking out then it is very…

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Cold Water Shock and Drowning: what you need to know – and do

Updated August, 2021 What is Cold Water Shock? Immersing yourself in cold water is increasingly popular and being touted to provide many health benefits, but sudden immersion in water less than 15ºC, can be very dangerous. ‘Seasoned’ cold water swimmers enjoy repeated visits and as a result their body acclimatises to cold more readily. For others,…

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How To Perform CPR on a Drowning Casualty

How To Perform CPR on a Drowning Casualty in 10 steps: Stop and assess for danger and make sure it’s safe for you to proceed. If they’re lying in the water, drag them out of the water onto the shore or vessel and lie them on their back on a hard surface such as the…

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What should I put in my First Aid Kit?

Updated May, 2021 A common session in all of our First Aid courses is “What should I put in my first Aid Kit?” Although there are various list of suggested contents, students are always interested in our opinion as trainers too. Ultimately, the straight answer is “include whatever you think you might need”. But how…

Assessing a Bang to the Head in the Outdoors

Assessing a Bang to the Head in the Outdoors Your friend has taken a tumble and banged their head. Is it serious or not? How do we know? The simple answer is it is difficult to diagnose a serious head injury. In the outdoors a fall from a mountain bike, a crag, on the snow…

Free digital first aid manual for every course participant

Free digital first aid manual for every course participant Updated, March 2021. FREE digital first aid manual for every course participant. First Aid Training Co-operative first published our range of high quality digital first aid manuals in 2016 and these have now been updated and republished for 2021. Each of these manuals provides clear, simple,…

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Emergency First Aid at Work – What does a First Aider do?

Updated: February 2021 First Aid is the help given to someone who is injured or ill, to keep them safe until they can get more advanced medical treatment by seeing a doctor, health professional or go to hospital. The role of a first aider is to give someone practical and emotional help, while making sure…

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What Are The Responsibilities Of A First Aider?

Updated February, 2021 First aid is the immediate help given to someone who is ill or injured. A first aider gives this immediate help to the casualty, while making sure that the casualty and those around the casualty (including themselves) are safe. Sometimes an injury is minor and a workplace first aider can manage this…

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