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All your pitchside trauma products, including Defibrillators, Bag/Mask Resuscitator, Suction Unit, Foil Blanket and the RFU recommended Emergency Pitchside Trauma Pack.
Although Physiotherapists and Sports Therapists have the necessary equipment and means to deal with any potential issue and can typically deal with any injury incident thanks to their Sports First Aid Kits, some injuries can be extremely severe and need more specific equipment to properly address the situation. Trauma incidents are emergency situations that need to be dealt with swiftly and effectively. Trauma Care products are usually used in these cases and can include things that are crucial for the patient’s survival such as airway tubes. Trauma Care equipment also includes stretchers and immobilisers that are very important for keeping the spine and neck in protective positions or preventing further damage by cradling the existing injury. Stretchers and immobilisers are also needed for properly transporting the injured patient so that they can be attended to by trauma care professionals promptly or transported to the nearest trauma unit/centre which is usually at the nearest hospital. Contact sports such as Rugby are more likely to involve traumatic events but it is essential to be prepared for a case of trauma regardless of the situation or Sport.
Similar to sports injuries, there are three types of Trauma: Acute trauma, Chronic trauma, and Complex trauma. Sports injury trauma incidents can only realistically cover Acute trauma and Chronic Trauma due to the nature of Complex Trauma. Acute refers to a single traumatic incident and Chronic refers to repeated injuries. Some sports such as Rugby and Boxing are more likely to involve Chronic Trauma but most trauma incidents in sports refer to Acute trauma.
Unfortunately, PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) is a cognitive disorder, so although it is caused by a traumatic event, if the injury incident is severe enough to cause PTSD, then it is likely that it is an unavoidable consequence of the incident. In order to reduce the trauma associated with the event, it is important that the person or people suffering are dealt with promptly, pain relief is an especially vital tool for cognitive trauma. Brain Injuries are similarly difficult to address without qualified physicians and a well-equipped Level 1 Trauma Centre so pitch-side Trauma care, as well as emergency transport, will help minimise the extent of the brain trauma.