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Emergency First Aid in Sports Course
This course gives a foundation in sports first aid for people who are responsible during sporting activities.
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This course is a foundation sports first aid course and is aimed at ‘lay first aiders’, specifically coaches, teachers, parents and volunteers, who are responsible for providing first aid during sporting activities.
- To provide students with an understanding of the responsibilities, general duties and treatment principles of first aid.
- To provide delegates with the basic skills, knowledge and attitude necessary to recognise and differentiate minor from major injuries.
- To make sure students have the ability to offer basic first aid, injury/illness management and advice to a participant under their care who has sustained illness/injury in sports environments or during a sporting activity.
On completion of the course, the delegate will be able to:
- Explain the responsibilities, duties, priorities and general treatment principles of providing emergency care.
- Understand pre-event preparation in relation to providing emergency care.
- Show a knowledge of basic physiology and anatomy in relation to first aid.
- Conduct the logical ‘on-field’ assessment (SALTAPS) of a participant.
- Apply principles of infection control.
- Recognise and respond effectively to signs and symptoms of common illnesses and injuries.
The course is split into three modules:
- General principles of emergency aid and first aid.
- Common musculo-skeletal injuries, ‘on-field’ assessment and basic first aid management acute soft tissue injury.
- The first aid kit, common medical conditions and after incident issues.
This Sports First Aid course requires that candidates understand the practice, ethics and principles of first aid. For assessment and certification students must complete all elements of the course. Assessment consists of practical observation in basic life support and 5 minute oral questioning, relating to the student’s understanding and knowledge of the course content. The scenario can be either the recognition and response to an injury or to an illness. The qualification lasts three years and to continue certification holders must complete another course during the last three months before the expiry of their qualification. Students must be at least 16 years of age on the start date of the course.