Basic First Aid Instructions: How to Deal With Soccer Injuries
Let's face it - things happen. But knowing the basic first aid instructions will come handy in any unexpected situations.
The first aid for all strains and sprains until you can get to the doctor is a RICE formula.:
Rest Have your child sit quietly without moving injured area
Ice Apply an ice pack wrapped in a towel to the injured area for 10-15 minutes
Compression Wrap the injured area with elastic bandage
Elevation Raise the injured area above the heart
Over the next three days keep applying an ice to the injured area several times a day for 10-15 minutes. After swelling is gone you can do soaks in warm water or heat applications that will help reduce stiffness and increase a blood flow.
Standard treatment for any injury except a fracture:
First three days: icing for 15 minutes every 2 hours (Begin manipulating an injured joint during the cold treatment) every two hours.
Second three days: 1 minute warm, 3 minutes cold 5 times a day.
Third three days: 2 minutes warm , 2 minutes cold 2- 5 times a day.
Fourth three days: 3 minutes warm, 1 minute cold. Stretch and strengthen the affected area with exercises continually.
"How to" treatments for:
Always wear socks when you are wearing good-fitting shoes
Use a doughnut-shaped pad around the blaster
Apply a skin lubricant like Vaseline over the blaster
Keep the damaged area clean
Put the player in sitting position with keeping the head forward
Put ice on the bridge of the nose
Pinch the nostrils closed until bleeding stops
Appling pressure on the upper lip may help stop bleeding
Dealing with cramp
is sudden, painful, contraction of a group of muscles. It may be caused by too much lactic acid in muscles or by dehydration. Drinking plenty of water helps with cramps
Calf muscles cramp - ask someone to straighten your knee and gently push your foot up towards your shin.
Foot cramp - someone gently pushes your toes back. It helps to stand on the front part, or "ball", of the foot.
Thigh cramp - lie down, ask someone to straighten your knee and pull your leg up, then push your knee down
Basic First Aid Kit
For treating wounds:
11/2 inch training tape; 1,2 and 4 inch roller bandages; wound cleansing wipes; vinyl gloves; anti-septic spray; assorted sticking plasters; sterile swabs; sterile dressings; double-sided no-adhesive dressings.
For slowing swelling: instant ice packs; ice; freeze spray; 2,4 and 6 inch elastic wraps; 2 and 4 inch elastic tape.
For immobilizing a joint: triangular bandage, splints (inflatable, bendable aluminum, wood, etc.)
For breathing: airways, Ambu bag.
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