Provides high school and club coaches with action steps for the care and
prevention of more than 110 sport-related injuries and illnesses. With Sport
First Aid, you and your coaching staff will be prepared to make
critical decisions and respond appropriately when faced with medical
Nearly half of all injuries in high school sports occur during practice when no athletic trainer or emergency medical personnel are present. In these instances, coaches are the first responders. As a coach, are you prepared to take action in a medical emergency?
Sport First Aid provides high school and club sport coaches with detailed action steps for the care and prevention of more than 110 sport-related injuries and illnesses.
Organized for quick reference, Sport First Aid covers procedures for conducting emergency action steps; performing the physical assessment; administering first aid for bleeding, tissue damage, and unstable injuries; moving an injured athlete; and returning athletes to play.
The new edition features the latest CPR guidelines from the American Heart Association; guidelines for the prevention, recognition, and treatment of concussion from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and guidelines for the prevention of dehydration and heat illness from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.
Beyond simply treating injuries and illnesses, Sport First Aid seeks to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Included are strategies for reducing athletes’ risk of injury or illness, such as establishing a school-based medical team, implementing preseason conditioning programs, creating safe playing environments, planning for weather emergencies, ensuring proper fit and use of protective equipment, enforcing sport skills and safety rules, and developing a medical emergency plan. Sample forms, checklists, and plans take the work out of developing these documents from scratch.
With Sport First Aid, you and your coaching staff will be prepared to make critical decisions and respond appropriately when faced with athletes’ injuries and illnesses.
Produced by the American Sport Education Program (ASEP), Sport First Aid is the text for the ASEP Sport First Aid course, which, along with Coaching Principles and Coaching Technical and Tactical Skills courses, makes up the curriculum for the ASEP Bronze Level coaching certification program. For more information on ASEP courses and resources, call 800-747-5698 or visit www.ASEP.com.
Part I Introduction to Sport First Aid Chapter 1 Your Role on the Athletic Health Care Team Chapter 2 Sport First Aid Game Plan
Part II Basic Sport First Aid Skills Chapter 3 Anatomy and Sport Injury Terminology Chapter 4 Emergency Action Steps Chapter 5 Physical Assessment and First Aid Techniques Chapter 6 Moving Injured or Sick Athletes
Part III Sport First Aid for Specific Injuries Chapter 7 Respiratory Emergencies and Illnesses Chapter 8 Head, Spine, and Nerve Injuries Chapter 9 Internal Organ Injuries Chapter 10 Sudden Illnesses Chapter 11 Weather-Related Problems Chapter 12 Upper Body Musculoskeletal Injuries Chapter 13 Lower Body Musculoskeletal Injuries Chapter 14 Facial and Scalp Injuries Chapter 15 Skin Problems
Appendix A First Aid Protocols
Appendix B ASEP Coaches Education Programs
About the Author
Melinda J. Flegel has 27 years of experience as a certified
athletic trainer. For 13 years, she was head athletic trainer at the
University of Illinois SportWell Center, where she oversaw sports
medicine care and injury prevention education for the university’s
recreational and club sport athletes.
As coordinator of outreach services at the Great Plains Sports Medicine
and Rehabilitation Center in Peoria, Illinois, Flegel provided athletic
training services to athletes at more than 15 high schools and regularly
consulted with their coaches about sport first aid. As the center’s
educational program coordinator and an American Red Cross CPR
instructor, Flegel gained valuable firsthand experience in helping
coaches become proficient first responders.
Flegel has taught a sports injury course at the University of Illinois.
She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of
Illinois, is a member of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and
the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and has been a
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 1987.
In addition to writing Sport First Aid, Flegel has written
several book chapters, including Injury Prevention and First Aid for the Health
on Demand textbook.