Organized sports provide an opportunity to build character through competition. While organized sports are relatively safe, there are certainly those times when Mom sprains an ankle playing on the corporate softball team, or Junior dislocates a shoulder in varsity football. So pack your first aid kit and head to the field, just be sure to brush up on your sports-related first aid.
This is not intended to be a substitute for training. Find a first aid class and get certified. These tips will help you handle common sports injuries. Even once you have taken a first aid class, these tips will help as references. No matter what happens, be sure to follow the ABCs of first aid. Links to Guides other than First Aid are in parentheses.
Calling for HelpWhen you're out on the field and an ambulance is needed, it's likely you'll call on a cell phone. Here are tips for calling 911 and tips for calling 911 on a cell phone.
Breaks and SprainsJoint dislocations and broken bones are painful and may have long-term consequences if not handled in a timely fashion. Treat all serious arm and leg injuries as broken bones (even if you think they're dislocated). An easy reminder for almost all arm and leg injuries is the RICE treatment: Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate.
Cuts and BleedingThe game is getting serious when the blood starts flowing. Wash all wounds with soap and water - it's the best disinfectant. Deep cuts, where you can see the bumpy fat tissue underneath, will probably need stitches. Otherwise, if you can pull the cut closed easily, try using butterfly closures.
Cuts on active areas like elbows and knees will probably need something stronger than butterfly closures.