SPORTS FIRST AID

This Sports First Aid course covers a comprehensive range of topics to prepare participants to administer emergency first aid care for medical emergencies that can happen in a sports setting. The onsite course can be adapted to emphasize dealing with accidents that are likely to occur in their sport. 

The recognition, assessment, and immediate onsite management of sports injuries are crucial to facilitate rehabilitation and to minimise further risk of harm to the athlete. Importantly, participants will also know how to recognise when professional medical referral is warranted.

This course is designed for coaches, instructors, teachers, supervisors, sports assistants, and volunteers. This course is popular with GAA, hurling, football, soccer, tennis, volleyball, swimming, golf, running, athletic, cycling, dancing clubs etc. This course is also very suitable for gyms and fitness centres, as participants can support their first aid responders.

Available as an Onsite Course

Available as a Public Course

Course Objectives

On completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Display skills and knowledge related to the delivery of sports first aid and dealing with emergencies until the arrival of qualified medical personnel. 
  • Display the requisite personal skills including: composure, competence and self-confidence, while understanding their limitations.
  • Provide first aid in a sport, recreational and home setting.
  • Calling for assistance from the first aid responder or the emergency medical services.
  • Provide support to the first aid responder.
Course Topics
  • Cardiac emergencies: heart attack and stroke
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) – Adult and Child
  • Using an automated external defibrillator (AED) – Adult and Child
  • Scene management and patient assessment
  • Impaired responsiveness and the unconsciousness patient
  • Recovery position
  • Airway obstruction and choking
  • Bleeding and wounds
  • Control of spinal injuries, fractures and dislocations
  • Sprain and strains
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Burns and electrical injuries
  • Respiration emergencies
  • Common conditions: epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, allergic reactions, and poisons

This course will place emphasis on injuries that can occur in a sports setting.

Legislation

The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations 2007: Part 7 – Chapter 2: Regulation 165(1)(b) requires employers to designate at each place of work under the employer’s control the number of occupational first-aiders as is necessary, and to give first aid training at the place of work concerned.

Participants

A maximum of 12 participants can attend each Sports First Aid Training session.

Duration

Onsite Sports First Aid training sessions are 1-day in duration.

Training can be held on evenings and weekends if required.

Certification

On successful competition of the Sports First Aid course participants will receive a House Certificate. The certification will expire after 2 years.

Renewal

Participants are required to renew their training by completing the course again. Renewals should happen before the certification expires, or sooner if indicated by their company’s risk assessment.

Course Entry Requirements

There are no special entry requirements for participants associated with this course. 

Site Requirements

There are no special site requirements  associated with this course.

Public Course Dates

Summary Of Assessments

Our approach to training incorporates both practical and interactive learning, giving participants the confidence and ability to put theory into practice and to cope with real-life situations that may arise in the workplace, home or community. Both the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of the participants are continually assessed by the instructor throughout the course.

Useful Information

Health & Safety Publications

Text Books Provided

For Onsite

Sports First Aid Courses

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