Sports First Aid Level 2 (VTQ)
About the Course
This course is aimed at anyone who requires a course in sports first aid. The course is available as a classroom, blended or online course. The certificate is valid for three years, and a recommended annual refresher can be done online.
Sports injuries can happen at any time and place, so it is important to be prepared for them. Some of the most common sports injuries include strains, sprains, contusions, fractures (both clavicle and tibia), tendonitis/tendinitis (including bursitis), carpal tunnel syndrome, plantar fasciitis, shin splints/pulled muscles from running or playing soccer; Achilles tendinopathy from wearing shoes that are too tight.
When you experience a sports injury, you should immobilise the affected area as soon as possible with an icepack or compression bandage. Elevate the injured leg if possible to reduce swelling and pain. Resting and icing the injury regularly will help speed up its healing process.
Sports injuries can be incredibly debilitating and often require professional medical care to heal correctly. Here are the other sports injuries:
Head injury is the most common sports injury, accounting for over 50% of all cases. Head injuries occur when a player sustains an impact on the head that causes trauma or bleeding inside the skull.
Elbow ligament tear - An elbow ligament tear occurs when one or more of these bands connect your forearm bone (humerus) with your upper arm bone (radius). This may cause maximal abduction – opening up of joint space – loss of range-of-motion, instability at the shoulder and elbow joints, as well as pain on movement side/receiving position on injured arm etc.,), which results in decreased performance during tasks requiring strength & agility such as throwing etc.
Knee sprain - Knees are notoriously weak ankles due to their stabilising muscles getting stretched beyond their limit from time to time while running / jumping/landing from high jumps etc.