St John’s win­ter warn­ing

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

WIN­TER is a dan­ger­ous time to play sport, St John Am­bu­lance WA fig­ures re­veal.

In 2014, the am­bu­lance ser­vice at­tended more than 4100 sports-re­lated call-outs in WA.

Paramedics at­tended an av­er­age 342 sports in­juries a month, but call­outs peaked in Au­gust (482). June was the sec­ond busiest month with 402 in­juries.

St John spokes­woman Ron­del Dancer said the sta­tis­tics high­lighted the need for coaches, team man­agers and of­fi­cials to com­plete first aid train­ing. “We’d also en­cour­age all clubs to have well-stocked first-aid kits so they can re­spond when a sit­u­a­tion arises,” Ms Dancer said.

Ms Dancer said sports peo­ple should wear pro­tec­tive equip­ment, such as mouth guards and hel­mets, and let in­juries heal.

“A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of call-outs are for the ag­gra­va­tion of ex­ist­ing or per­sis­tent in­juries,” she said,

“In many in­stances, the need for treat­ment by a para­medic can be avoided by al­low­ing the in­jury to com­pletely heal be­fore the par­tic­i­pant re­turns to train­ing or com­pe­ti­tion.”

For in­for­ma­tion on sports in­jury first-aid cour­ses, visit www.stjohnam­bu­

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell­mu­ni­ d440180

St John Am­bu­lance area man­ager Dave McGleenon with Jay­den Chat­field.

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