Durban Africa sports coach Babes Govender looks at the importance of health care and roles duties and responsibilities of the First Aider .While everyone talks about development one of the critical aspect in sport is first aid which is neglected. In my recent research I found 99% of our local clubs lack this expertise in this department therefore my process of educating coaches players in this field will benefit the clubs
This is an overview and some guidelines to deal with injuries and illness mainly on the field of play both in training and in matches. This information will provide some guidelines to immediate first aid management of a player injuries and illness from critical to minor. The intention is to provide a holistic view of first aid because of the lack of limited medical resources that may exist. While it is recommended to practice first aid within the limited resources of a developing club do the best you can whilst slowly increase the standard of first aid practiced.
The most important role is PREVENTION. Prevention of harm to oneself as first aider and prevention of further harm to the player requiring assistance
The following points should be followed by the first AIDER IN CHARGE OF TRAINING OR A MATCH
An important part of any club administration of first aid is safety of the all people participating
The role of the first aider to ensure their own safety and then the safety of the players who require first aid help
The laws of the game states that the referee will decide once the ball is no longer in play whether the player requires first aid assistance from the first aider
The referee will signaled for you to come onto the field
If the field is not safe to enter for whatever reason do not enter unless the referee give you the signal to enter the field of play
For injuries that occur in a training session use your judgement and check your own personal safety before approaching the player
SAFETY ISSUES SPECIFIC TO A FOOTBALL FIELD OF PLAY INCLUDE
Remember that no matter how well equipped or qualified the first aider is in serious medical emergencies the best place for the player to be treated is the nearest hospital . Do not forget to request ambulance assistance as early as possible .
SAFA SACOC ACCREDITED COACH
Durban Africa Sports Club, Executive members, BABES GOVENDER