When you accept the role of coach,
you accept a major responsibility for the care and safety of your players.
Although your children must share in the responsibility for their protection and
safety, their ability to understand what they can do, how they can do it, and
whether they are doing it correctly, may be limited. It is your job to help them
practice and play as safely as possible.
The information below is not meant as
a substitute for a first aid course. If you donít already have first aid
certification, I encourage you to enrol in both CPR and first aid classes so
that you can handle any accidents that may happen while you are coaching.
perform chest compressions
to do in those 6 critical minutes
Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for
How to place
a casualty in the recovery position
Your job as a volunteer coach is to
recognise an injury when it happens, to stabilise the injury as best you can,
and to summon medical assistance if necessary. You must understand the
limitations of your training and knowledge. If you are not a trained medical
Play it safe. Call the emergency services if you
are not sure what to do.
Have a plan
It is important to have a well
thought out plan for dealing with injuries and a written response plan for
emergencies. Keep this in your coaching bag where you can pull it out and refer
to it if necessary. Some points to consider in your plan are:
Is a first
aid kit available?
Do I have all
of my playersí medical consent forms and emergency contacts with me at all
Where is the
How do I get
first aid and/or paramedics/ambulance?
Do any of my
assistant coaches or parent volunteers know first aid?
Who will go
for help if I need to attend to an injured player?
supervise other players if I need to summon help?
assistant coaches and players know the emergency plan?
An ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure. Prevent injuries in every way possible. Some important
steps that can help you in your injury prevention plan include the following:
Emphasise proper skill development,
Inspect practice and game fields (e.g. look for holes, sprinkler heads,
Hopefully you won't have many injuries
(kids are amazing resilient!) but if you do you should know
how to recognise and treat
common soccer injuries.
More first aid advice
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