What Should A Good Sports Injury First Aid Kit Contain?
Dr. Mai-Vy Hoang 09/21/2016
Competing in sports seems like a fairly harmless activity. Sports provide the opportunity to exercise, enjoy some fresh air and have fun. Yet there is a dark side to these competitions. Just about every sport has the potential to cause a nasty injury. Do not head out to compete without a fully stocked sports first aid kit.
Contents Of Sports First Aid Kits
Though you can stock a generic first aid kit to apply to all sports, it is prudent to fill your first aid kit with items that will assist with injuries that are most commonly caused bythe particular sport you play. As an example, baseball often causes sprained ankles, abrasions, harsh sunburns and eye injuries. Your baseball first aid kit should contain Band-Aids of varying sizes, elastic bandages, ice packs and sunscreen.
Eye First Aid Kit
Since baseball, basketball, water sports and just about every other sport poses a threat to the eyes, be sure to pack an eye injury kit as well. Bring along water and a specialized eyewash to flush the eyes, a sturdy eye-shield, replacement contact lenses and cold compresses.
Additional Sports First Aid Kit Contents
You can never over-prepare for a sports injury. Do not settle for a diminutive sports first aid kit that has limited space to accommodate only a handful of medical supplies. Always opt for the largest possible kit so you can include as many supplies as possible. This way, you will be able to fit extra items like safety pins, bandage scissors, an oral thermometer, tweezers, a flashlight, a tongue depressor, chemical cold packs, sterile surgical gloves, a CPR mouth barrier/pocket mask, etc.
The best way to protect yourself and others from eye injuries is to wear appropriate protection. Broome Optical’s team of eye experts can provide advice regarding sports goggles and other protective eyewear. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment.