Dumont Little League: First Aid / CPR / AED

Wednesday, March 10
2010 First Aid
Dumont Little League First Aid RefresherMarch 9, 2010 Have First Aid Kit at all Practices and games. Keep first Aid Kit stocked. Notify Joe Reissner or board member when you need supplies.  Have completed medical release with you at each practice or game. Notify parents as soon as possible. Complete injury report for each injury, no injury is too minor for report, submit to Joe Reissner within 24 hours of injury. Any injuries that required medical evaluation need clearance to return to play. 

Below is a list of common injuries as well as their treatments. Take note if medical attention is recommended; it can make all of the difference.

Bruises: Given enough time, bruises will happen in 99% of sports. Usually, they're nothing to worry about... they're busted vessels in the skin, and the blood will diffuse and the bruise will fade in a few days.

Scrapes: Another common injury, scrapes and abrasions usually look worse than they are. They don't usually bleed too much, but can be quite painful for a few days. Clean the wound, then cover with bandage.

Sprains: When joints turn in ways that they shouldn't, the muscles can become sprained. Intense pain and swelling occur, and the joint (often the ankle or wrist) become more or less useless until it is healed. Lesser injuries called strains can also occur; in the event of either, For treatment, stay off of the ankle or don't use the joint, and apply cold( ice).

Cuts/Punctures: Cuts and punctures in sports most often occur when a piece of sports equipment breaks the skin. The severity of the injury can vary from minor to extreme, but should always be checked for additional damage below the skin. Very minor cuts require very little care at all other than cleaning and bandaging, but any cut or puncture with even moderate bleeding needs medical attention. In case of heavy bleeding, apply pressure to the wound with a clean dry cloth until help can arrive. Large wounds, even if they do not bleed an extreme amount, still should be taken to a doctor in case stitches are needed

Concussions: When someone takes a blow to the head they may receive a concussion, which is a type of brain injury caused by the brain hitting the skull around it and disrupting normal function. They may become disoriented, they may suffer blurred vision, and they may black out. Though most people with concussions can recover on their own, severe concussions can cause brain damage or death. A doctor's visit is recommended if the victim didn't black out; if they did, a trip to the emergency room is likely in order.   If they have blacked out.  Do not move the child and call 911.

Breaks: Broken bones are a serious matter. Unless properly set, the bone can heal incorrectly, and can also cause further internal injury. In the event of a broken bone or even a suspected broken bone, call parents and or 911 the victim should be taken to a doctor or hospital immediately for treatment. Hopefully, all of your sports experiences will be safe ones, but should the worst happen, you may as well be prepared with the knowledge of what to do.  Splint the injured area, apply ice.