Create A Sports First Aid Kit

When creating a first aid kit for sports players, determine what the primary needs could be. Customize your kit to fit the sport’s first aid needs. What types of injuries are likely to occur, and what supplies might be needed? Perhaps bandages for cuts, ice packs for pain and swelling, and sunscreen for sunburn.

Here are some suggested supplies to include in a sports first aid kit:

Include a first aid guide or manual.

General first aid supplies include: Antiseptic wipes, tweezers, a needle, thermometer, safety pins, Flashlight, disposable gloves, a CPR mouthpiece, a blanket, tissues, matches and scissors.

For pain and swelling, include cold packs and Ibuprofen.

For cuts, scrapes and blisters: Different sized bandages, sterile gauze, adhesive tape, antiseptic solution and non-stick gauze pads.

Sun protection and heat exhaustion can be treated with a misting water bottle, cold packs, sunscreen, lip balm, and Aloe Vera lotion.

For sprains, fractures or pulled muscles, include Neoprene joint braces, compression bandages/ice wraps and cold packs. Also include two triangle-shaped pieces of cloth to act as a sling or tourniquet.

Include calamine lotion, epinephrine (for bee stings) and Antihistamine tablets for general allergies.

In the case of serious injuries, be sure to have a cell phone with emergency phone numbers, a whistle, maps and directions to nearest medical facility.

While you may not actually include this in your kit, be sure that you prepare for dehydration with water bottles or sport drinks.

Assemble your supplies and customize your sports first aid kit for your particular needs. Use a large, insulated tote to carry your supplies. An insulated tote will keep pre-frozen ice packs cold for several hours.

Note: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical information. Always seek medical assistance in the event of a serious injury.