From The Trainer’s Room: What every team should have in their first aid kit
When an athletic trainer isn’t available for your sports team’s practice or game, it’s imperative that a quality first aid kit and someone with general knowledge of first aid be present.
The following is a list of items suggested by Compete Sports Performance and Rehab’s certified athletic trainers to be contained in each team’s first aid kits. These kits should be on hand and easily available at all team functions. It is also suggested that the kits be on the bench during games and practices. The kits should be checked frequently to ensure they are well stocked.
You should have:
10 rubber gloves
10 4×4 gauze pads
10 antiseptic/alcohol pads
10 antibiotic cream packets
one pair of bandage scissors
five instant cold packs
one box of miscellaneous Band Aids
two Ace wraps
two rolls of elastic tape
one CPR mask
10 Ziploc bags for ice
one first aid and CPR guide
one shoulder sling
one SAM splint (flexible foam and aluminum splint)
two rolls of clear flexible tape
two rolls of under wrap
These types of kits can be found in most pharmacies and many sporting goods stores or online Please check contents of kits prior to purchasing to make certain you have everything needed. These kits are just a suggestion and having a certified athletic trainer on hand is the best way to ensure the safety of your athletes.
Chris Phillips is a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning specialist and owner of Compete Sports Performance and Rehab in Southern California. Chris was the athletic trainer for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Washington Capitals and 2002 Team USA Men’s National Team.
(Sept. 4, 2018)