Athletes, coaches, and parents don’t want to be caught unprepared to deal with a sudden injury on the field. With the right first aid equipment, injured athletes can heal faster and better and minimize the risk of further injury. That’s why it’s important to have athletic training kits stocked with all the necessary first aid supplies.
Treatments For Cuts
Cuts and abrasions are common injuries, most often resulting from falls and contact with other players. Any injury to the skin should be treated quickly to prevent infection, so a first aid kit should contain antiseptic wipes for cleaning along with antibiotic ointment. Once cleaned and treated, a cut should be covered with an adhesive bandage or gauze bandage and tape.
Treatment For Sprains
A sprained ankle is one of the most common sports injuries, and it occurs when a runner lands on a twisted ankle. The pressure causes a tear in the tissue that supports the ankle, and the result is a lot of pain and swelling. Compression is the first and best treatment for a sprain, so a well-equipped medical kit should contain a long elastic bandage for wrapping an ankle (or other joint). Compression not only helps to bring down swelling, it also keeps the joint stable as it begins to heal.
Treatment For Pain
Most injuries are accompanied by pain, so a medical bag should include over-the-counter pain medication. In many cases, pain is caused by inflammation of injured tissue, so an anti-inflammatory medicine like ibuprofen is good to have on hand. It can also be helpful to keep acetaminophen in a medical kit for headaches and muscle aches.
In addition to the items mentioned above, a medical kit for athletes may include a sling or a brace for injuries specific to a certain sport. Tennis players and gymnasts, for example, are more likely to injure their elbows and wrists and could benefit from a protective sling. Sports that involve running are more likely to cause knee injuries, for which a knee brace can be helpful. Other supplies to include are sterile gloves, a mouth cover for performing CPR, and cold packs to reduce inflammation.