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