Course Aims & Objectives
- To provide the student with an understanding of the general duties, responsibilities and treatment principles of first aid.
- To provide students with the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to recognise and differentiate major from minor injury and the ability to offer basic first aid and injury/illness management and advice to a participant who has sustained illness/injury when engaged in sports activity, or in sports environments.
On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Describe the duties, responsibilities, general treatment principles and priorities of emergency care provision.
- Describe the elements of pre-event preparation in relation to emergency care provision.
- Demonstrate an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology in relation to first aid.
- Conduct the logical ‘on-field’ assessment (SALTAPS) of a participant and apply principles of infection control.
- Recognise and respond to the signs and symptoms of common injuries.
- Recognise and respond to the signs and symptoms of common illnesses.
Limits of Responsibility:
The course aims and objectives focus on the need to provide the student with sufficient knowledge and skills to identify illness, injuries and conditions and apply the appropriate first aid management. The aims and objectives are also directed towards a student identifying the need for an injured or ill casualty to be referred to a hospital, clinic or unit, for medical management by an appropriate healthcare professional.
The course has been subdivided into three distinct modules:
Module 1 – general principles of first aid and emergency aid:
- Pre-Activity Preparation
- The Emergency Action Plan
- Reacting to an Incident / Approaching the injured Player
- The ‘Primary Survey’ and ‘Secondary Survey’
- The Recovery Position
- Severe External / Internal Bleeding
Module 2 – common musculo-skeletal Injuries, ‘on-field’ assessment and basic first aid management acute soft tissue injury:
- Basic Injury Recognition
- Fractures / Dislocations
- Ligament Injury – ‘Sprains’
- Muscle Injury – ‘Strains’ and ‘Contusions’
- The ‘On-Field’ Injury Assessment Process - SALTAPS
- Basic First Aid Management of Acute Soft Tissue Injury
- Head / Spinal Injury
- Skull / Cheekbone / Nose / Jaw / Rib Fracture
Module 3 – common medical conditions, the First Aid kit and after incident Issues:
- Hyperthermia – Heat Stroke / Heat Exhaustion
- Foreign Body in the Eye
- First Aid Kit Contents
- After an Emergency Incident
Students must be 16 years of age, or over, on the date of the start of the course.
The course is 9 hours in duration.
The suggested format is in 3 x 3 hour modules undertaken over a 3 week period. A flexible approach is acceptable providing the entire course content is covered.