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coach first aid kitIn sports of any kind, injuries are inevitable. While nothing beats practicing safely for injury or pain prevention, you need to be prepared to deal with at least the smal  bumps and bruises by having a first aid kit. Here are the items that I like to keep on hand in a first aid kit.

Forms

The most important item for you to have with you at all times are the medical release forms. These allow you to send a cheerleader off for medical treatment in case of a severe injury and provide contact information for their parents should that ever happen. This form should also include important information like allergies that you may  need to provide to a medical professional.

Another form I think you should create is a form that gives you permission to treat their child with simple pain relievers like aspirin, ibuprofen or midol. Something simple with the over the counter medicines you will have with you, a place for them to choose those medicines and the dosage amount they allow their children to have. Of course, you’ll need a signature as well. I like to have these because I constantly get requests for ibuprofen for a headache or something like that, and I want to know that I can safely provide that in accordance with the parents’ wishes and standards.

First Aid Treatment Items

A first aid kit should have a few basic items:

  • Assorted band-aids
  • First aid scissors
  • Athletic tape
  • Pre-wrap
  • Ace bandage
  • Antiseptic wipes
  • Antibiotic ointment
  • Latex gloves
  • Tweezers
  • Gauze
  • Ice packs or zip bag for ice
  • Sling
  • Ibuprofen
  • Midol
  • Aspirin
  • Pepto bismol
  • Emergency phone numbers (nearest hospital, school athletic trainers, etc.)

Odds and Ends

Your first aid kit is also a great place to keep a few of those items that your cheerleaders may forget or need during a game, such as:

  • Ponytail holders
  • Chapstick
  • Bobby pins
  • Safety pins
  • Sunscreen
  • Eyedrops

Here’s a great article with a more comprehensive list of first aid items.

What do you have in your first aid kit?

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