The primary goals of immediate first aid are to protect the player from further injury and get the player back into action as soon and safely as possible. To this end each coach should:
- Take your time.
- Immediately call for professional medical care whenever necessary.
- Use the RICE formula to reduce swelling.
- Note, in writing, how the injury happened.
- Use first aid for common muscle injuries.
- Inform the parents of the player the details of the injury and the treatment you performed, and suggest medical attention for the play whenever necessary.
Take Your Time
Don’t allow your player to be rushed off the field or court. Don’t be pressured into moving a player before you are convinced that it’s safe. This is especially important for neck, head, and spinal cord injuries. Do not allow a player who has received a head injury to return to play without medical clearance. Make sure that all players have adequate access to water during practice and games.
Immediately call for professional medical care whenever necessary.
If you suspect or find the following:
- Spinal cord injury
- Head injury
- Bleeding from the ear
- Compound fracture of any bone
- Heart problem
- Unconsciousness, even temporarily
- Skull fracture
- Any other injury which in your judgment warrants immediate professional medical attention
CALL FOR IMMEDIATE PROFESSIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE TO COME TO THE FIELD.