Sea­son for sport in­juries

WIN­TER is a dan­ger­ous time to play sport, ac­cord­ing to St John Am­bu­lance WA, which at­tended more than 4100 sports-re­lated call-outs in WA last year.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Front Page -

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

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

Paramedics at­tended an av­er­age of 342 sports in­juries per month, but call-outs peaked in Au­gust at 482. June was the sec­ond busiest month with 402 in­juries.

St John Am­bu­lance 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.

She said sports peo­ple should wear pro­tec­tive equip­ment, such as mouth guards and hel­mets, and al­low time for in­juries to 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.stjohnam­bu­lance.com.au.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d440180

St John Am­bu­lance area man­ager Dave McGleenon with young sports­man Jay­den Chat­field.

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