Soccer is an incredibly demanding sport, especially in the Florida heat, and with any sport comes the risk of injury. Though most injuries are minor, it never hurts to have a first aid kit on hand — as long as you know how to use it! The women’s soccer experts at QueensCast have some suggestions for what you should keep in your first aid kit and how to treat the most common injuries.
First Aid Essentials
It is crucial to have a first aid kit on hand during any practices or games. Your kit should be kept in a waterproof box, like a toolbox, to protect it from Florida’s unpredictable weather. Whether your kit is prepackaged or homemade, there are some essentials you should make sure it has:
Ice packs for minor bumps and bruises
Elastic bandages for sprains
Antiseptic or alcohol wipes to clean cuts
Small and medium bandages
Plastic bag for trash
Treating Cuts and Scrapes
When it comes to treating cuts and scrapes, you can typically follow these guidelines:
First, wash your hands to avoid any infection.
Make sure to put on gloves.
Stop the bleeding by gently applying pressure to the wound.
Rinse the wound with water.
Clean the wound with antiseptic or alcohol wipes.
Apply an antibiotic ointment.
Cover the wound with a bandage or gauze.
Unfortunately, ankle injuries are one of the most common injuries seen while playing soccer. In case of an ankle injury, follow the R.I.C.E. method:
Rest your ankle by avoiding any activities that could cause pain.
Ice your ankle to reduce pain and swelling.
Compression will help to stabilize the joint. Make sure to wrap the ankle snugly, but not so tight that it causes numbness or tingling.
Elevate the ankle above the heart to reduce pain and swelling.
While it’s hard to prepare for the unexpected, there are a few steps women’s soccer players can take in case of an injury. With your first aid kit in tow, you’ll be ready for anything unexpected that may happen on the field. To stay on top of how to treat muscle cramps, concussion protocol, and injury prevention, take a look at our blog!