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Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 10:25 am | Updated: 10:04 pm, Sat Jan 18, 2014.

Back to school also means back to practice for thousands of student athletes and coaches. The American Red Cross has training and resources available for people to learn how to treat a variety of emergencies and injuries that may occur throughout the sports season.

“School and neighborhood coaches, athletes and spectators should know how to help prevent and respond to common sports injuries such as strains and sprains, fractures, cuts and concussions,” said Southwest Florida Chapter’s Chief Executive Officer Megarie van Sickel.

Safe Kids Worldwide reports that every 25 seconds a child is hurt playing sports and that more than 1 million emergency room visits are made due to sports injuries each year. Sports injuries account for about 20 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits for young people, according to their study.

Red Cross has developed a number of resources for everyone involved in sports and recreational activities:

· First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches is an online program for teens and adults who coach at any age level. Developed with the National Federation of State High School Associations, this course covers first aid skills including breathing emergencies and injuries to muscles, bones and joints. Coaches are encouraged to take a CPR/AED course as well.

· Family First Aid and CPR is an online course for those not required to have OSHA-compliant certification. Participants learn how to treat cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies until help arrives. Pediatric modules are also available.

· American Red Cross First Aid App is a free app for smart phones and tablets. It gives users instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations, and includes videos and interactive quizzes. The app puts lifesaving information right in people’s hands wherever and whenever they need it.

Information on courses and additional resources are available at the Red Cross website

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1 comment:

  • ricardoC posted at 9:54 pm on Thu, Aug 22, 2013.

    ricardoC Posts: 1

    Most people are now concern about their safety and protection, there are numerous applications that are available that you can install on phones, these applications are great way of keeping yourself from many harm, with just a help in hand your worries would be lessen.It's handy that you could a safety application running in your phone. I'm also using this kind of application it has for kids and adults, the best thing about this app are its features, like a safety profile, that you can upload your recent image and your safety information and in just a click of a panic button it could create a conference call to a 24/7 call center, a safety network and could escalate a call to a nearest 911 if it's a real emergency, check this site out for more information http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home.

     

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