Editor’s note: This article by Dev Mishra, M.D. (president of Sideline Sports Doc) first appeared in SoccerAmerica. Sideline Sports Doc is advancing the Players First pillar of Player Health & Safety through resources that include an online injury recognition training course.
While it will not suffice for any serious treatment, every coach should make sure they have a basic first aid-kit for initial sideline first aid responses. The following bare minimum first-aid kit supplies are available at essentially all drug stores:
Emergency Action Plan
An emergency action plan is documented set of systems and processes to be followed in case of a health or environmental emergency.
It is very important to have the documented steps well known and practiced to avoid any panic and ensure the emergency is handled effectively and efficiently.
Emergency Action Plan for Club and Recreational Teams
While it is not expected for club or recreational teams to have a full, detailed EAP, it would be very beneficial to:
Emergency Action Plan for Club Directors and Tournament Organizers
Requirements here vary by state and governing body but here are some key elements:
Read the entire article from Dev Mishra and SoccerAmerica here.
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