Immediate care of school sport injury

L Abernethy, D MacAuley, Oonagh McNally, Siobhan McCann

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Abstract

School sport is a major cause of injury in the post-primary age group. The importance of primary prevention in sport has been identified; however secondary prevention of school related sport injury has not been described in Ireland. A random sample of 450 schools in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland was studied using a postal questionnaire. Current management of sport injury, with particular interest in the expertise and training of teachers and coaches, was explored. Replies were received from 333 (74%) schools. There was no physical education teacher with up to date first aid training in 37% schools. Immediate care in terms of mechanisms and equipment to deal with injury was available in 35%-81% of schools responding. Correct response ranged from 65%-90% to four scenarios: commonly presenting yet potentially serious management problems. This study demonstrated deficiencies in sport injury care. In addition to concern about current training, a need for basic life support training is highlighted. These findings have implications for the prevention of school sports injuries.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)270-273
JournalInjury Prevention
Volume9
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2003

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    Abernethy, L., MacAuley, D., McNally, O., & McCann, S. (2003). Immediate care of school sport injury. Injury Prevention, 9(3), 270-273.