You are on the sidelines of your child's sporting event when an injury occurs. Where is your medical bag (athletic training kit)? Now is not the time to find that it's not stocked and ready to use. Do you know what should be included? Here is a list of important items to gather and have ready.
- antibiotic ointment
- non-stinging antiseptic
- hydrocortisone cream
- anti-microbial hand sanitizer
- assortment of bandages for different areas of the body
- bandage tape
- gauze pads of different sizes
- alcohol pads
- latex-free gloves
- biohazard trash bag
- sterile tweezers
- CPR one-way valve mask shield
- medicine (Advil and Tylenol)
Being able to provide first-aid for the athlete at the scene is one of the best ways to begin treatment for an injury and enhance a healthy outcome until a professional can assess the situation. Having a fully stocked medical bag that is easily accessible helps coaches ensure that the athlete returns to the playing field as safely as possible. The coach can rest assured that the health and safety of his team members are protected by having supplies readily available at all times.
Hopefully, the medical bag (athletic training kit) will remain unused during the event, but if the occasion arises, it will be there when needed. Better to be prepared than not. A well-cared for athlete is a safer and better performing one.