Season for sports injuries
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 (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 firstaid 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 callouts 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.”
St John Ambulance area manager Dave McGleenon with Jayden Chatfield.