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What is SALTAPS? First Aid in Sport

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Demonstrate the ability to assess Injury During any kind of physical activity, there is a chance that somebody participating may get injured or hurt. It is the First Aider's role, to be on site and available immediately - in the case of emergency. In order to demonstrate the ability to assess an injury - one must possess the capability to refer to the SALTAPS process, designed initially for First Aid in Sport. This process involves: S eeing the injury occur and stopping play. If the individual on first aid has seen the incident happen, they are more likely to be aware of what procedures to undertake and they are also likely to have an idea beforehand of what the injury may be, as a result of what they have just seen. As soon as the accident takes place, and it is evident that an athlete or performer is injured - all continuation of play must be STOPPED. There must be an immediate assessment on the field of play - and the area surrounding the injured individual, must be cleared as quickly and as safely as possible. A sking the injured athlete questions and assessing the problem. ...read more.

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Touching the injury site helps to decide the extent of the injury. The first aider may gently touch the area and ask the athlete if, where they are touching, hurts or causes discomfort. They can also watch the face for signs of pain if the athlete appears unable to talk. They are also looking for, loss of skin sensation and altered skin sensation. If by touching the wound or the injured area - the individual appears to be in pain, or the injury is evidently something serious, the athlete will need to be removed from the area, via a stretcher, wheelchair etc, if relevant. A ctive movements. Depending on whether or not the first aider has decided to ask if the athlete can move the injured area, determines whether or not you do simple mobility exercises with the individual. If it is not clear as to what the injury may be, the first aider will need to request information regarding whether moving the injured body part, causes discomfort or pain. If the athlete is unable to move their leg, foot, hand etc - it is important to expect the worst-case scenario - without diagnosing anything straight away. ...read more.

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It is essential that, if at any time, it is obvious that the athlete has broken a bone - no body, including the first aider touches or checks the part for mobility. This is because it can cause further problems and increase the severity of the injury. If when assessing the injury, by looking at it - it is noticeable that there is blood seeping from a wound - this must be treated immediately. If the athlete is conscious and able to speak - it is obvious heir airway is not blocked and clearly the main focus is treating the wound seeping blood. However - if the athlete is unconscious, the first aider will need to check the airway and breathing of the individual, before treating any injured body parts or wounds. Some injuries require a rehabilitation programme and a therapist to encourage healing, however; other injuries may be less severe, and can be treated using treatment modalities such as R.I.C.E. It is the assessors' responsibility to make an immediate decision about how far in to the SALTAPS process they precede, and any decision made - must be made with the individuals best interested at mind. Erin Weeks - Assessment Objective 3 - Demonstrate the ability to assess Injury. 1 OCR National Diploma In Sport - Unit 15 ...read more.

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