Sports first aid has evolved beyond all recognition in recent years. In times gone by if you got injured out on the pitch, all you could expect was a quick dosing from the magic sponge and you'd be expected to be up on your feet again and back in the game. The magic sponge was hardly magic. It was just a sponge. In cold muddy water.
These days, especially for more high risk contact sports like rugby, you have qualified physiotherapists on the touchlines ready to treat any injured players. However, no matter now knowledgeable or qualified they are, they still need access to the right sports first aid supplies and equipment.
What's the situation like at your club? When did you last review your first aid procedures and supplies. Providing adequate first aid for sports players is a vital part of running any successful and caring team. Maybe it's time to check the first aid cupboard to see what's there. Good first aid for sports teams is about having the right supplies and equipment for the game that you play. Footballers will be more prone to leg injuries. You only have to see some of those tackles going in in Sunday league games. It makes me wince. Cricketers will probably pick up different types of injuries from being struck by the ball. Things like broken fingers for example. And rugby? Well it's hard to know where to start, but injuries specific to that environment will include a lot of cuts from boots going in where they shouldn't.
So when reviewing your first aid procedures, make sure you have qualified personnel available, on hand to treat any injuries that may occur, but also check to ensure you have the right supplies and medical equipment for them to use. You can special packs of supplies, geared up to cater for individual sports, that contain everything you need.