Sports Injury Arsenal

You probably already have a first aid kit in your house, and maybe even in your car. Even if you don’t have a dedicated box for first aid supplies, you probably have what you need to treat minor injuries scattered around in your medicine cabinet. When you actively participate in sporting activities you should try to pull a first aid kit together which is specific to sports injuries. Some injuries received while playing sports can remain relatively minor as long as they are treated promptly and correctly when they first occur. If you don’t have the supplies handy to treat a sports injury, you might find that your injury gets worse and worse as you scramble around trying to find the first aid supplies to attend to the injury. It is a far better idea to be prepared, even if an injury never occurs and you never have to use the first aid kit at all.

When considering what to place into your sports first aid kit, think about the injuries that typically occur as a result of the sports you engage in. Full contact sports merit plenty of bandages, ice packs, splints, and other items which can treat a painful impact injury until a doctor can check out the injury. If you engage in activities like rock climbing where an injury might occur that you’ll have to treat as well as you can while also making your way back to the car to drive to the doctor, you will want to include some pain relievers, sprays, and durable wraps as well as other items that can help you make it to help without further injuring yourself. Try to think of every possible scenario you might run into while engaging in your sport and then think about these situations while you stock your first aid kit. Although it’s certainly not reasonable to expect you to prepare for every possible injury – you probably don’t want to haul a pair of crutches up the side of a mountain just in case you sprain your ankle on the trip up – think of what you might reasonably need in order to temporarily treat your injuries until you can seek medical attention.

Make sure your first aid kit is accessible. A well stocked first aid kit isn’t going to do you much good if it sits at your house while you’re miles away on a basketball court. Keep the first aid kit in your car, or pack it in your gym bag. You want to make sure that you can get to your first aid items if you or another player gets a painful injury. If you want to be as efficient as possible, be sure to take the time to familiarize yourself with basic first aid techniques. You might be able to treat an injury temporarily and avoid the injury from getting any worse. A well stocked first aid kit doesn’t do you much good if you have no idea how to use the items contained within the kit.

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