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'Help for sports clubs & volunteers in Wales'
Managing Your Club

First Aid

Accidents happen and First Aid is all part and parcel of sport. So make sure you plan ahead:

  • Ideally, a qualified first aider should be available at all club training sessions and events
  • There should be at least one first aid kit at every training session or event
  • Clubs should encourage members, coaches and/or volunteers to attend a first aid training course
  • First aid training courses typically cost around £30 and there are a number available. Contact your National Governing Body in the first instance as they may have access to courses; other training providers include the British Red Cross and St John Ambulance
  • Keep an Incident Report Form up to date and record any accidents. We have a template for you here

First Aid hints and tips

  • A first aid kit should not be a bag that carries all sorts of potions and lotions - it should be practical, easy to carry, clean and organised for easy access in an emergency.

The following is an example list of equipment to be included:

  1. Protective gloves (kept in a clean plastic bag).
  2. Resuscitator face mask
  3. Crepe bandages (various sizes)
  4. Triangular bandages
  5. Sterile dressings (pads and bandages) various sizes
  6. Gauze swabs
  7. Individual antiseptic wipes
  8. Ice packs
  9. Plasters various sizes (see notes on cuts)
  10. Cotton wool (roll of)
  11. Cotton wool swabs
  12. Spray bottle with clean water

If you are going to include the following be aware of the usage:

Cold Sprays: Use as described on the instructions. It is not a cure. It simply relieves the pain by numbing the area. A player should refrain from playing if normal actions are impaired.

Heat Sprays or Rubs: Use as directed on can or tube. Heat applied to fresh injuries will induce further swelling and therefore increase the problem. They do not work as a pre match warm up – this needs to be done physically as demonstrated on coaching courses.

Vaseline: Keep the lid on when not in use - think of contamination and infection.

Scissors: If you include scissors, make sure they are of the bull nose variety and are kept clean at all times. Keep in a plastic bag when not in use.

Paracetamol and Aspirin: These are not part of a recommended first aid kit. You are not at liberty to administer such medication to a player. However, if a player asks you to look after their own medication please be careful to identify who it belongs to. i.e. asthma pumps.

  • When using ice on an injury always wrap it in a clean cloth or towel before applying to avoid ice burns.
  • Encourage players to bring their own water bottles to avoid spreading potential infections
  • Discourage fizzy drinks, tea, coffee and alcohol before, during and directly after activity.
  • In hot weather never give salt tablets or similar items to players
  • *Ensure access to a phone (mobile or land line) and have appropriate telephone numbers available.
  • *If in doubt call 999 for ambulance.
  • Advise players not to chew chewing gum during physical activity - this will help to avoid any choking problems.
  • DON’T use a sponge and bucket! When you use one sponge on several people you transfer germs from person to person. Even in the case of a bump or bruise the player may have an old cut or break in the skin by which these germs can enter the body and cause infection.
  • The most hygienic way of treating an injury on the field is to have a sealed spray jet bottle of water with you.