Sport First Aid Kit: Keep It Stocked and Handy
A sports first aid kit will usually be handled by a sport trainer or a sport therapist. In high-risk or contact sports it will need to be equipped to handle musculoskeletal injuries, including potential head and neck injuries.
- Space blanket.
- 1 pair of heavy duty scissors.
- Cutter with a retractable blade.
- Elastic wrap bandages (various sizes).
- Plastic bags for ice.
- Bandages for cuts and scrapes (various sizes).
- Blister pads.
- Sterile gauze pads.
- Triangular slings (various sizes).
- Liquid soap.
- Zinc oxide.
- Adhesive tape.
- Safety pins.
- Elastic tape.
- Sugar packs for diabetic emergencies.
- Splints (various sizes).
- First aid booklet.
- Several pairs of non-latex gloves (for the rescuer).
- Rescue breathing barriers.
- Personal medication along with athlete’s information.
These are some additional things to consider for a sport first aid kit:
- Non-latex gloves (several pairs): to reduce the chance of touching bodily fluids. It is important for the gloves to be non-latex because about 10% of the population is allergic to latex.
- Face shields for rescue breathing: to reduce the chance of disease transmission. If you will have a first aid oxygen tank then it’s important to get a face shield that has an O2 attachment valve.
- Triangular bandages, about 4-6: used to tie dressing, to create slings, or to tie splints together. These should never be used to apply tourniquets.
- Sterile dressings of various sizes: used to control bleeding, or to cover a wound to keep it clean.
- Safety pins: used to pin dressing in place.
- Adhesive tape: to tape things together.
- Scissors: for cutting clothing to treat minor injuries.
- Small sugar packs: for treating hypoglycemic or diabetes.
- Blanket: to treat for shock. There are some very compact options available. These are called emergency blankets or space blankets.
- Splints of various sizes in situations where someone may suffer a broken bone on joint injury.
- Spinal board and cervical collars for potential neck injuries.
- Defibrillator for dealing with cardiac arrest emergencies. Proper training is needed.
- Oxygen tank to provide supplemental oxygen. Proper training is needed.
- Special medication, such as an epi-pen, should be considered. However, prescriptions are usually required to obtain such medications.
In addition to the above, think about:
- Having an emergency plan in place: how to get help, who will do what and how, etc.
- Putting someone in charge to make important decisions, such as canceling a game in bad weather.
- Obtaining medical information on the athletes prior to the activity. This info must be kept confidential and destroyed after the event to protect their right to privacy.