Medical Aid and Assistance for Injured Athletes

Cricket and rugby are two exciting sports that involve loads of thrill, nail-biting suspense, and plenty of entertainment. At the end of the game, the winning side ends up celebrating, and the losers just go home with droopy heads. However, not all games take place end simple and smooth. Apparently, these two sports are believed to be those where a lot of serious injuries are sustained by the players, owing to accidents caused by bad weather, or ignorance in the field. There also may be cases where a player may collapse owing to strokes or cardiac conditions, or any other unexplained cause. These could be the reasons why, at every game, cricket, rugby or any sport for that matter, has a fully prepared and well-equipped team of paramedics who would need to rush over to the field in case of an accident.

First aid is the immediate care given to the victim of an accident or sudden illness before the arrival of a qualified expert. The purpose of first aid is to preserve life, assist recovery, prevent aggravation and minimize complications at later stage. Fracture is the separation of a bone into two or more pieces under the action of stress. It is a medical condition in which there is a break in the continuity of the bone.

Accidents and Injuries

In field sports like cricket or rugby, sustaining a physical injury is by all means, very much possible, irrespective of how much gear and protection the players have on. Sometimes, the accident could be so bad that they may get completely knocked down to a state of unconsciousness or result in dislocated or fractured bones, or even a terrible spine injury.

Spinal Cord Injuries

The paramedics would ideally be fully equipped with all kinds of first aid or trauma kits that contain all necessary items like clothing, tape, balms and solutions which are some of the most commonly required first aid items. These are often used in dressing and soothing open wounds or muscle injuries. However, when it comes to a much more severe case of a spinal injury where the player is in deep pain and is unable to move (ideally the victim is not allowed to move even if he could), scoop stretchers are used to very gently move the injured into the ambulance/vehicle and transport them to the hospital as soon as possible. Using these stretches ensure minimal movement or displacement in the spinal cord, which is the most crucial concern in the event of a spinal injury.

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Features

A scoop stretcher is designed for one crucial purpose which is to keep the spinal cord intact with minimal movement, thereby preventing any more damage. When there is an injury in the spinal cord, further movement can hugely aggravate the condition. A scoop stretcher is designed with a hard surface and is shaped in such a way that full support is provided for securing the spinal cord until the victim reaches a hospital. Following an injury, he/she is required to stay flat on the ground, without any movement, until the support team arrives with the stretcher.

Every equipment or tool used in first aid is specially designed for specific purposes. From simple material like bandages to more sophisticated equipment like nebulizers and monitoring devices, they all serve an individual, crucial purpose that most of the time cannot be substituted with another. That, in fact, is the reason why paramedics or first-aid teams need to be ‘fully’ equipped with all the essentials and the extras catering to all possible scenarios.

Maira Mcdougle

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