First Aid Fundamentals – child’s play
Carol stood at the side of the pitch, watching as her 7 year old, Conor, joined the rest of his team mates for the usual Thursday evening training session. Conor’s little face looked very serious as he listened to the coach’s instructions before taking up his allocated position on the field. It seemed only yesterday that Carol was holding him in her arms, taking him to baby massage classes. The massage classes relaxed both mother and baby and watching the 15 or 16 determined little boys as the coaches shouted their instructions, Carol really wished they were back in the safe and gentle surroundings of the baby massage group at Kidsaid.
Carol chatted to some other parents as they waited for the boys to finish training. They had been split into two groups and were playing a game refereed by one of the three coaches. Some onlookers standing on the side-line shouted instructions to the kids “Run Faster”, “Don’t be afraid to play”, “go,go,go”. Conor raced for the ball and collided with a player from the opposing team. Carol watched as Conor’s body seemed to rise feet from the ground before landing with a thud. Then she heard the scream of pain from her little boy.
Carol knew that Conor was hurt. She ran onto the pitch as the other children stood in stunned silence. She could feel the panic rising as he lay on the pitch screaming in pain. He didn’t seem able to move. Other parents began to rush forward and Carol hoped that one of them was a First Aider. Then one of the coaches was kneeling beside Conor. In a clear voice he told everyone except Carol to stand back. He expertly checked over Conor, talking to him all the time, calming the little boy down. By the time the coach had finished his check Conor’s screams had reduced to tiny sobs. The coach determined that Conor had probably sprained his wrist. Carol was relieved as she gently helped her little boy to the car.
An x-ray confirmed that Conor had just sprained his wrist. Carol was impressed with the coach’s first aid expertise and thanked him for his help. His confidence and professional approach calmed the situation with little fuss. Carol realised the benefits of knowing the fundamentals of First Aid, especially as Conor insists that one day he will play for his county!