1) Injury on pitch treated by appointed team first aider
2) If severe, Emergency Services to be called. Do not move players off pitch
3) Parents immediately informed, if not already there, if Emergency Services called.
4) Injuries of a soft tissue nature i.e. strains, sprains, bruising to be treated as PRICE (please see below) this should be carried out for next 48 – 72 hours. Contact to be made with Club Sports Therapist
5) Injured players to arrange appointment with Club Sports Therapist
6) Injured players will not play or train until passed fit by the Sports Therapist
7) Age group coaches do not have the authority over a Sports Therapist to declare a player fit to play
8) Players who are injured should still come to games and feel part of the team
9) If a player becomes injured playing for school or district, contact to be made to a physiotherapist at the earliest convenience
10) No injury, however small, should be ignored or attempted to be treated without consultation with the club sports therapist.
Treatment and Rehabilitation
Our Medical Staff provide a high standard of care and advice for all schoolboy players. Injured players are treated and rehabilitated by our Sports Therapist with their progress monitored until the player reaches full fitness.
A medical protocol is in place for all players relating to injury, diagnosis, action and rehabilitation. It is important that player always report an injury to medical staff at the earliest opportunity.
The five guidelines when injury happens
There are five things you can do to encourage the healing of your injury in the first 3 days. You can remember these five things by the letters PRICE
P – protection Protect the injured part from further aggravation and stop activities that make things worse.
R – rest Rest the injured part but keep it mobile so long as it is comfortable for you to do so.
I – ice. Apply. Ice packs to the affected part as soon as possible. Use crushed ice or a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a damp tea towel to prevent ice burn. Leave for 10 – 15 minutes and repeat every 2 hours.
C – compression Use a bandage or tubigrip (a tubular bandage) to strap up the injured part, covering 8 inches either side. Make sure that the bandage is not too tight.
E – elevation Try to raise the injured part above the level of your heart when possible and remove your compression bandage. With a leg injury sit or lie down before raising the leg.