Here are some articles related to health and first aid that we found on the internet that we thought might be of interest to youth basketball coach’s and parents. There are many different subjects covered here, but of course it would be impossible to cover them all (we will add more as more become available).
Most articles are too long to show on this menu page so each article will have a PDF file attached for your convenience…
LEGAL ISSUES IN FIRST AID Courtesy of http://FirstAidTopics.com/
It’s a valid concern to ask what you might be legally liable for if you give first aid. Generally, as long as you act reasonably and prudently when you give first aid, you don’t need to worry about being sued. In fact, most regions explicitly encourage bystanders to give first with called Good Samaritan laws.The law protects citizens and medical professionals who act in good faith to give emergency assistance to ill or injured persons at the scene of an emergency.
According to experts in the field of first aid, the following are reasonable actions:
If the person is conscious, you must always get permission before helping.
Move the person only if the person’s life is endangered.
Call EMS for professional help.
Only do what you have been trained to do in a real first aid course offered by a authorized agency.
Check the person’s airway, breathing, and circulation before providing further care.
Continue to care for any life-threatening conditions until EMS personnel arrive.
If the person requiring first aid is a child, seek permission from a parent if they are in the immediate area. If the parent is not available, you do not need the child’s permission to help.
If there is ever a concern the courts will examine weather you did the best you could under the circumstances. Proving negligence will require the plaintiff to prove that you did something grossly wrong, which is hard to do. However, if you start administering first aid, you must continue until EMS arrives. Stopping first aid once you’ve started can get you in trouble.
For additional information go to http://FirstAidTopics.com/
SPORTS INJURIES Publication Date: July 2009
Article Courtesy of National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Childhood Sports Injuries and Their Prevention: A Guide for Parents With Ideas for Kids
Ms. Ramirez was sitting in her office when the phone rang. “Ms. Ramirez? Your son, Raoul, was injured during football practice. His knee may be badly hurt. He is going to County General. Please go to the emergency room right away.” She tried to remain composed, but could feel panic creeping through her body. With her breathing shallow and heart pounding, she dropped everything and tried to remember how to get to the hospital.In the past, Raoul had only experienced scrapes and bruises, like most kids his age. Ms. Ramirez was hesitant to let him play a rough sport like football that requires considerable physical contact. But she chose not to keep him from playing his favorite sport. Now she was facing her child’s first major injury.
For more NIAMS information about knee problems, sprains and strains, growth plate injuries, and shoulder problems visit the NIAMS Web site at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/
FIRST AID & CPR MANUAL
Here is a very good first aid manual that we found on the web that covers not only sports related injuries, but other topics such as burns, poisons, seizures, fainting, etc.
Brought to you by http://FirstAidTopics.com/
Kids and Their Bones: A Guide for Parents
Revised April 2009
Typically, when parents think about their children’s health, they don’t think about their bones. But building healthy bones by adopting healthy nutritional and lifestyle habits in childhood is important to help prevent osteoporosis and fractures later in life.Osteoporosis, the disease that causes bones to become less dense and more prone to fractures, has been called “a pediatric disease with geriatric consequences,” because the bone mass attained in childhood and adolescence is an important determinant of lifelong skeletal health. The health habits your kids are forming now can make, or literally break, their bones as they age.
NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/bone/default.asp
Where Can I Go for More Information?
NIH Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases ~ National Resource Center
2 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3676
Toll Free: 800-624-BONE
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Information Clearinghouse, National Institutes of Health
1 AMS Circle
Bethesda, MD 20892-3675
Toll Free: 877-22-NIAMS (226-4267)
Milk Matters Campaign
National Bone Health Campaign
National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF)