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South West Sports Trainers Association: Round 15

 

Hamstring Strains

Hamstring Strains are becoming one of the most common injuries among sports that require high degree of speed, power and agility.

Proven risk factors:

Previous hamstring strains
Increasing age of the player
Sudden change in direct (acceleration or deceleration)

Suspected risk factors:

Poor flexibility
Poor strength
Hamstring muscle fatigue
Muscle Strength imbalance between the quadriceps and hamstrings
Inappropriate, inadequate or no warm up

Injury assessment

Hamstring strains are classified into grades which range from 1-3. Grade 1 is Mild, Grade 2 is Moderate and Grade 3 is severe.

Signs and symptoms will vary depending on the grade and the person.

Immediate management

The aim is to reduce bleeding and damage in the muscle. The immediate management is as follows:

The RICER protocol (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation & Referral)
This should be followed for 48-72hrs.
When icing its 20mins on and 2hrs off. Never apply ice directly to the skin
The No HARM protocol should be followed to (No Heat, No Alcohol, No Running or activity and No Massage) Follow for 72hrs post injury. This will ensure decreased bleeding and swelling to the injury.

Where to get more information?

Sports doctor/GP

Physiotherapist

ALWAYS CONSULT A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL. This information is a resource and provides an overview. It’s not a substitute for medical advice and you should always see a trained professional practicing in sports medicine, your doctor or seek assistance of the hospital if the injury/ health concern requires urgent attention

Proudly Supported by: The Flying Horse, Warrnambool – Pulse CPR – Star Printing

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South West Sports Trainers Association: Round 12

 

DEFIBRILLATORS Saves lives

This is a timely reminder to check the Defibrillators within your clubs. Most Clubs will have an Automated External Defibrillator.

DID YOU KNOW?
• Survival of cardiac arrest doubles when the defibrillator is accessed immediately and applied when used bystanders including sports trainers at the time of the cardiac arrest while waiting for emergency services.

There are important regular checks that need to be carried out to ensure the equipment works in the event it is required. These include:
• Status ready indicator shows the unit is ready
• Battery is working and NOT expired
• Unit is free of cracks, foreign substances, or other signs of damage
• The pads are for the correct users of the facility (adult/ child) and are sealed and within expiration date

• Supporting materials are sealed and unused within expiration – face shield, scissors, gloves, razor, alcohol wipes.

Remember
• Nominate accessible location for the defibrillator
• Be visible to all users and visitors
• Be ready to use
• Regular maintenance checks on the defibrillator
• Clear signage
• Clear address and nearest cross street of your premises

Resources

  • AED Maintenance checklist:

https://www.stjohnvic.com.au/media/3059/how-to-maintain-defib-checklist-v5.pdf

  • AED checklist of implementing an effective AED program

https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/cardiacarrest/Publications/poster-aed-checklist.pdf

Notice Board

  • Sports Trainers Course available on Sunday 10th of July in Warrnambool. Registration is via online and on our face book page- South West Sports Trainers. Please contact me if you need the link sent out by email to you.  

Proudly Supported by: The Flying Horse, Warrnambool – Pulse CPR – Star Printing

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South West Sports Trainers Association

 

FREE Head Check App for Concussion

(Concussion Recognition Support Tool for anyone and easy to use)

This Head Check app has been developed by leading neuropsychologists and Emergency doctors at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and the AFL.

This easy to use head check app can be used by parents, guardians, club officials or sports trainers. It will identify if the player needs an ambulance or be seen by a doctor by asking a series of questions based on the newly SCAT 3 Concussion assessment protocol.

Although, design for children this can be used for any players of any age and also can keep records of concussion and is a great tool!

The Key Message remains the same for all concussion “If in doubt, sit them out”   

Reference: Murdoch Children’s Research Institute Head Check Concussion App https://aflvic.com.au/headcheck-concussion-app/ May 2018

Notice Board

  • Wednesday 27th of April at 7PM in Warrnambool- Transdermal magnesium use in sports players
  • First Aid Course HLTAID 003 and CPR update available on 23rd of May 2022 and Friday 27th of May 2022 for sports trainers, club officials or parent helpers. Please contact for further information.

All current, past and future sports trainers welcomed to our meeting.

REMINDER!!

Does your club have a defibrillator? Have you checked the battery and the pads are still in date for this vital piece of equipment?

Proudly Supported by: The Flying Horse, Warrnambool – Pulse CPR – Star Printing

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South West Sports Trainers Association

 

Proposed AGM

Currently we have our AGM pencilled in for Wednesday 25th of August 2021 in Warrnambool. This will only run if we can do it in a covid safe way. The well-being of our sports community is essential. A decision will be made next week.

First AID Course and CPR update 2021

We are thrilled to work with Pulse CPR for First aid and CPR updates. The details for 2022 are below. Courses will run in Warrnambool. Some online work required prior.

  • Wednesday 23rd of February and Friday 25th of February 2022 (CPR will be only one of the sessions)

For further information, costing or registering your interest please contact us.

Ideas for 2021

A reminder we are always looking for ideas for our meetings or how we can support and educate sports trainers

Sports Trainers Course

Unfortunately, with Covid it has posed significant challenges with the sports trainers’ course. This is something we haven’t forgotten but have being working hard behind the scenes. We hope to set out some dates shortly. 

40 year celebration

Last year we reach the milestone 40 years as an Association. Something we are very proud of and hope to celebrate. This celebration will be combine with our AGM

Proudly Supported by: The Flying Horse, Warrnambool – Pulse CPR – Star Printing – The Standard

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South West Sports Trainers Association

 

Injury Assessment   Part Two

STOP

Depending on the situation this may range from actually stopping the game to merely attracting the player’s attention.

ASK?

Where does it hurt? What happen? Was it a direct hit, twist, fall or other? Has this happen before? Have you injured the opposite side? (If appropriate)  Did you hear anything? What type of sensation, sharp pain, dull ache, numb, loose joint, tingling? NOTE: how, when, what and why, as much relevant information as you can get

LOOK

Look at the injured area for swelling, discolouration and deformity. Compare to the other side e.g. injured left knee compare to good right knee. (Just remember if player has had previous injury to that area it may already look different e.g. if they have had surgery)  

TOUCH

Gently feel around the injured area starting away from and working closer to the injury. (Consider gloves) Compare to the opposite side and monitor player’s body language.

ACTIVE MOVEMENT

The player moves the joint. E.g. ask the player to firstly move the injury elbow. Note the range of movement

PASSIVE MOVEMENT

Trainer moves the joint. E.g. be advised by the player of their limitations. Don’t go pass the point of pain.

SKILLS

The player should be able to complete all skills perform during the game e.g running, changing direction, jumping, kicking, bump, etc… Depending on the situation these can be observed on the sideline.

ALWAYS CONSULT A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL.  This information is a resource and provides an overview. It’s not a substitute for medical advice and you should always see a trained professional practicing in sports medicine, your doctor or seek assistance of the hospital if the injury/ health concern requires urgent attention.

Notice board

  • Trainer’s course will be postponed. Additional courses to be put on pre-season 2022

All current, past and future sports trainers welcomed to our meeting.

Proudly Supported by: The Flying Horse, Warrnambool – Pulse CPR – Star Printing – The Standard

Email: sspokes@yahoo.com.au | Facebook page: South West Trainers

South West Sports Trainers Association

 

Asthma

Asthma is a disease of the airways. The tubes that carry air to your lungs narrow during asthma attack.  

Symptoms that can occur during or after exercise 

  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Breathlessness
  • Tightness in the chest

Prepare for exercise

  • Make sure your day to day asthma is well controlled
  • Use your asthma reliever medication 5-10 minutes prior to warm up (speak to your doctor for advice)
  • Always warm up with light exercise and stretching for 10-15 minutes before you play sport
  • Always cool down 

Management of exercise induced asthma during activity

  • Stop what you’re doing and follow your asthma action plan. If you don’t have an action plan take your reliever medication as directed by your doctor (best to take medication by spacer) 
  • Rest for 5 minutes. Only return to the activity or exercise if symptom free. If the symptoms don’t go away use your reliever medication again. If this doesn’t work get further medical assistance (hospital if required)

Call an Ambulance in an emergency if

  • Finds it difficult to breath
  • Unable to speak comfortably or lips are turning blue
  • Has symptoms that get worse very quickly
  • Is getting little or no relief from their reliever medication

ALWAYS CONSULT A TRAINED PROFESSIONAL.  This information is a resource and provides an overview. It’s not a substitute for medical advice and you should always see a trained professional practicing in sports medicine, your doctor or seek assistance of the hospital if the injury/ health concern requires urgent attention

Notice board

  • Our next Meeting is proposed for Wednesday 30th of June. We welcome a talk from a local Osteopath. This will all depend on Covid Rules at the time.  
  • Trainer’s course is now full.

All current, past and future sports trainers welcomed to our meeting.

Proudly Supported by: The Flying Horse, Warrnambool – Pulse CPR – Star Printing – The Standard

Email: sspokes@yahoo.com.au | Facebook page: South West Trainers

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