Do you travel with your team as they hit the road for away games? You might not need to; chances are, athletes will always have an athletic trainer present, whether it is you or the home team’s sports medicine team. However, there are certain circumstances like summer tournaments or open gyms that the athletic training staff might not be able to attend. What steps are you taking to make sure that these athletes can receive adequate medical attention should an issue arise?
The next line of defense is the coaching staff. Most states require coaches to be certified in CPR, first aid, concussion and sudden cardiac arrest protocols, which qualifies them to act fast in the case of an emergency. But are you confident in your coaches to fill in the gaps and perform your other responsibilities as an athletic trainer? Here are some basic aspects to cover with your coaching staff to ensure that, even when you’re benched, your care and expertise always travels with them.
6 Ways to Prepare Coaches for the Road
Any and All Outstanding Medicinal Needs
While this should already be top-of-mind for both coaches and athletes, be sure to remind them of any current medical issues they might encounter during the game (ex. asthma, diabetes, etc.) and confirm that they have the proper medicine and devices to treat them.
Some wounds warrant a little more attention than simply slapping on a bandage and sending the athlete back on the field. If you think your coaches could use a little brushing up on their wound care skills, hold an in service or point them to some online resources.
Athletic or Kinesiology Taping
Are there certain taping applications that are crucial to an athlete’s success? Make sure your coaches or athlete can properly complete these protocols, and provide them with athletic taping or kinesiology taping technique videos in case they need to refresh their memory.
Warm Up and Exercise Protocol
While most coaches hold the athletes accountable for preparing their bodies for optimal performance, athletes who are recovering from an injury might have a special routine they need to complete before the game begins. Share these exercises with the coaches to ensure every base is covered and the athletes are all in a position to succeed.
Confirm that your coaches are aware of the recovery routines your athletes need to safely cool down after their game. What kind of cryotherapy or stretching needs to happen before they get back on the bus?
A Fully Stocked First Aid Kit
To perform the previous five responsibilities, your coaches are going to need some tools. Although your coaching staff definitely needs a first aid kit to travel with them on the road, they most likely do not need your full-force, busting-at-the-seams athletic training kit (let alone want to carry it around). Giving them a compact, fully-stocked kit like the Coach’s Team First Aid Kit from Cramer Sports Medicine will provide them with all of the materials they need to administer athletic care. In the kit your coaches will have access to:
- Basic Bandaging
- Targeted Bandaging
- (1) 3″ Elastic Wrap
- (1) Tape Underwrap
- (1) Roll Athletic Tape
- (1) Tuf-Skin
- (1) Skin Lube
- (2) Instant Cold Packs
- (3) After Bites
- (12) Antiseptic Towelettes
- (5) Antibiotic Cream
- (5) Acetaminophen
- (1) Sports Injury Care Handbook
- (1) Sam Finger Splint
- (1) Scissors
- (6) Latex Gloves
- (6) Alcohol Prep Pads
Contact your distributor or local Cramer sales representative to get your hands on the Coach’s Team First Aid Kit!