Most injuries in football are minor, with contusions and sprains ranking high on the list. Proper first aid helps to minimise the effects of injury, and is easy to learn. Not every team has a team doctor present at the touchline all the time.
Luckily, severe injuries are rare in football – it is important to recognise these and get help quickly. But for the most common acute injuries you can give very effective first aid if you know some basic principles.
But exactly this - recognising how severe an injury is – might not be at all easy. After all, everyone just wants to go on playing. If you need to decide whether or not you or a team-mate should continue to play or train, the mnemonic SALTAPS helps:
IMPORTANT: NEVER move a player with a suspected neck or spine injury or an unconscious player!
First aid in muscle and joint injuries
The PRICE regime is a simple five step protocol that even an untrained person can use to minimise the effects of a muscle or joint injury. You should use PRICE immediately when an injury occurs - the earlier, the better.
Click here to learn more about the commonest injuries in football:
Always have emergency numbers available and know which is the closest hospital or emergency facility. Call for an ambulance with: