It’s almost kick-off time! Sporting teams across the state are just weeks away from kicking off their sporting season, which means players are hitting the ground harder, faster and with more intensity than ever in a bid to position themselves as a leading contender within the first few rounds of the 2018 season.
It’s important that from the beginning of a new sporting season precautions are taken, players listen to their bodies, coaches don’t push their team beyond their physical capabilities and First Aid procedures are put in place to respond to common sports injuries when they occur.
Football, rugby, soccer and netball players are all at risk of suffering from the same common sports injuries. It’s not just the duty of the player, but it’s the responsibility of the coaches, trainers and clubs alike to ensure that every sporting injury, big or small, is provided with First Aid in the initial moments of an injury occurring.
Follow our steps on how to provide First Aid for the most common sports injuries in Australian sports.
A survey conducted by the Australian Sports Commission revealed soccer was the leading sport to play across the country, with more than 1.1 million Aussies participating in the sport throughout the season. AFL came in at 3rd place, with 665,470 players hitting the football field, followed by netball in 4th place, with 640,607 players darting around the netball court throughout the week.
Millions of Australians participate in one team sport or another over our winter sporting season, which unsurprisingly results in a number of common sports injuries. As high impact sports, with exertion of excessive strength and speed, it’s no wonder the injury rate is so high.
The Australian culture has a robust love for sports of all sorts, so naturally Aussies around the nation spend their spare time participating in one sport or another. In fact, millions of Australians are playing sport each year and the most popular Australian sports include those that are high impact and put excessive strain on your body.
It’s no real surprise that sports injury rates are high and unfortunately for many it is the nature of the game To ensure due diligence is met coaches, trainers and sporting clubs are required to implement procedures to ensure that if a player is injured they are provided with the correct First Aid techniques immediately after an incident occurs.
Follow our guide on how to provide First Aid for Australia’s most common sports injuries below.
If the casualty is conscious:
If the casualty is unconscious:
2. Avoid HARM: 3. Do not stretch muscles
4. Seek medical assistance
Note: it is not advised to take anti-inflammatory medication in the first 48 hours as they have a possible risk of increasing bleeding. Ask your doctor before taking any anti-inflammatory medication
|1. Apply a ‘buddy-strap’ to the neighbouring finger of the injured finger or thumb|
|2. Apply an icepack to injured area|
|3. Elevate the hand|
|4. Seek medical assistance|
Note: do not try to re-position the finger or thumb, this will increase the possibility of a break
Note: do NOT try to straighten the finger by pulling
As Australia’s most coveted sporting season approaches it’s important that players, coaches, trainers and sporting clubs are ensuring their team is in pristine physical condition and is not over-exerting themselves to the extent that they are putting their bodies at risk.
Pre-season training is a time to prepare the body and ensure each player is ready to endure heavy hits, strong falls and sudden twists and moves. Adequate preparation throughout the pre-season allows the body to adapt, strengthen and protect itself from what’s to come throughout the sporting season to avoid unnecessary damage.
However, many common sports injuries are caused by unpreventable causes from tackles, falls and jarring, all key elements and frequent events of the game. For many common sports injuries there is not much that can be done to prevent them from occurring which is why it’s so important that coaches, trainers and clubs are prepared to respond with First Aid when an injury occurs.
The speed with which quality First Aid is provided to common sports injuries can have a major impact on the damage caused. By ensuring your club is First Aid ready you’re guaranteeing your team has the best shot possible of playing a winning season and bringing the title home in 2018!