Week three of the Province Sports Academy means another tip from SportMed Soccer. This week: Making sure you’re prepared to deal with injuries on the sidelines.
Injuries, both minor and major, are unfortunately an unavoidable part of sport. So that means every team should be well prepared to deal with them.
Safety equipment like a sideline kit will go a long way. A CPR face shield, supplies for wound care, an emergency blanket, along with tensor bandages and ice packs are basic, yet key pieces. It’s also important to have the kit in a location that’s easily accessible in the case of an injury. For example, you don’t want to be fishing through the trunk of your car looking for your kit while your player is bleeding. Make sure the kit is separate from other equipment like ball pumps, extra jerseys and water bottles.
And most importantly, it’s integral for a member of your team (coach or manager) to have Sports First Aid and CPR training.
For more information, check out SportMed Soccer on Facebook.
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