With a record number of people in England playing sport on a regular basis, and two million people in England playing football at least twice a month alone, there is bound to be a number of injuries attributed to sport — and the statistics are there to prove it. It has been estimated that each year 1–1.5 million people attend A&E departments in The United Kingdom with an injury related to sport and exercise. Of these injuries, 70% were soft tissue injuries, with 60% of all injuries attributed to the lower limbs.

First Aid Kits are crucial to treat these injuries while you wait for expert medical attention. This is both to alleviate the injured person’s pain and to prevent further damage (e.g. to prevent infection or to stop bleeding). So, what do you need to do this?

In your sports first aid kit, you should have:

  1. Medical Gloves
  2. Wipes
  3. Cold Packs
  4. Plasters
  5. Bandages
  6. Sterile Dressings
  7. Scissors & Pins
  8. Aluminium Blanket
  9. Eyewash
  10. Resuscitation Face Shield
  1. Medical Gloves

Medical gloves are designed to reduce the risk of contamination between healthcare workers and patients. Before you administer first aid, it is therefore important to put on gloves. This can prevent wounds from getting infected, or other bodily fluids being passed between parties.

  1. Wipes

If the injured person has a wound, you can use wipes to sterilise the wound and the area surrounding it to reduce the risk of infection and ensure greater adhesion of dressings. You should also use these wipes to sterilise your own hands before you treat someone.

  1. Cold Packs

An instant cold pack provides on-the-spot cold therapy for bruising, sports sprains and muscle injuries. Ice packs can also be used to ease pain (by numbing the area), reduce bleeding (in some cases), and reduce swelling and inflammation.

As it’s suitable for emergency use, this is a must-have in your sports first aid kit.

  1. Plasters

Plasters are designed to cover light cuts and wounds in order to prevent further damage or infection. There are three main types of medical plaster: fabric, washproof, and blue plasters. Washproof plasters are the most suited to sports as they are designed to cover and control bleeding for minor wounds, but can withstand moist and wet conditions.

  1. Bandages

There are three main types of bandages: roller, triangular and tubular. Roller are used to hold dressings against wounds or to support injured joints and tissue injuries. Triangular are often used as a sling to support injuries and immobilise broken bones, and tubular are used to hold dressings on fingers or toes, or to support injured joints.

You should stock all of these in your sports first aid kit.

  1. Sterile Dressings

A sterile wound dressing is a type of sterile bandage used to cover a wound and stick to the surrounding skin by glue or wound dressing tape. They are often used to dress post-operative wounds, minor cuts, abrasions, lacerations and puncture sites where a water-resistant dressing is required.

  1. Scissors & Pins

Some plasters, bandages and sterile dressings will come on a roll that needs to be cut to size and pinned together. Keep a pair of scissors and some pins in your kit, to ensure you can do this with ease.

  1. Aluminium Blanket

A thermal blanket is used to keep the subject warm in cold conditions. In the event of an accident, it can also be used to prevent shock in the victim. You might have seen thermal blankets wrapped around runners at the end of a marathon, for example. This is done because it helps to regulate their body temperature which will drop fast after a long race.

  1. Eyewash

Eyewash works by cleaning and soothing eyes from irritation. It works to purge the eye of any foreign bodies and cleans the eye’s surface with purified water to prevent infection.

  1. Resuscitation Face Shield

Designed for resuscitation and mouth to mouth ventilation of a non-breathing adult, a resuscitation face shield is essential for if the worst happens. The one-way valve allows expired air ventilation for a safer and more effective method of resuscitation, and the film acts as a barrier to help prevent infection during resuscitation.

Most premade Sports First Aid Kits will have all of this in (and more), to ensure your sports team are prepared in the event of any injuries.

Written by Holly, for morSafe Supplies.