First Aid in Sport

There are an untold amount of benefits for playing sports. Not only is it great for your physical health but it is also a great way to socialise and make some lifelong friends. Although it may seem like there are only benefits involved with playing sports there are also some risks involved too. The main one being the risk of injury.

We are quite lucky that Volleyball is a low impact sport which means we see less injuries then our high contact/high intense counterparts. That does not mean we do not see our fair share of injuries. Injuries are a part of life and no matter how hard we try sometimes they are just unavoidable. With 60,000 people hospitalised by sporting related injuries in Australia between 2016-17 it is quite likely you will witness an injury in your lifetime. So the best thing that anyone can do to help prevent the impact of injuries is to learn proper first aid.

It is absolutely vital that anyone involved with sports both in the community and in a competitive environment has at least a basic understanding of first aid techniques. Receiving proper care right after the injury has occurred can have a great impact on the person’s alibility to recover.

Volleyball WA is offering its members the opportunity to join one of two FREE St John First Aid demonstrations covering general first aid skills and volleyball specific injuries, hosted by St John’s.  This course is recommended for coaches, assistant coaches, referees, team managers, and anyone involved in running volleyball competitions.

The two-hour course will cover:

  • St John DRSABCD action plan
  • Principles of first aid
  • Recovery position demonstration
  • Respiratory system
  • Circulatory system
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) demonstration
  • Conditions affecting consciousness
  • Bleeding
  • Burns
  • Fracture demonstration
  • Bites and stings
  • Eye injuries

As well as Volleyball specific injuries such as rolled ankles, shoulder injuries, heat exhaustion. The first course is September 14, 6-8pm at the DLGSC offices in Leederville. An online option is also available for regional members to attend virtually. To register visit our website or log on to the member portal.

For more information you can contact our Development Coordinator on 9228 8522 or [email protected].