PHOENIX (Sept. 10, 2013) – Back to school also means back to practice for thousands of student-athletes and coaches across Arizona. So the American Red Cross Grand Canyon Chapter has training and resources available for people to learn how to treat injuries and handle emergencies.
Every 25 seconds, a child is hurt playing sports, and more than 1 million emergency room visits are made each year due to sports-related injuries, according to Safe Kids Worldwide, a global organization dedicated to preventing injuries in children. Safe Kids Worldwide reports that sports injuries account for about 20 percent of all injury-related emergency room visits among young people.
“Coaches, athletes and spectators should know how to prevent and respond to sports injuries, such as strains and sprains, fractures, cuts and concussions,” said Chelly McDougal, the Service Delivery Manager for the Grand Canyon Chapter’s Preparedness, Health and Safety Services division.
McDougal added: “Heat can be hazardous to anyone exercising or playing outdoors this time of the year. People should avoid scheduling workouts and exercise during the hottest times of the day.”
The Red Cross has resources for those involved in sports and recreational activities:
• First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches is an online program. Developed with the National Federation of State High School Associations, the course covers first aid, including breathing emergencies and injuries to muscles, bones and joints. Sign up at www.redcross.org/takeaclass.
• Family First Aid and CPR is another online program. Participants learn how to treat cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies until help arrives. Sign up at www.redcross.org/takeaclass.
• The Red Cross first aid app is free, and it’s for iPhone and Android devices. The app gives users instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations, and it includes videos and interactive quizzes. Download the app at www.redcross.org/mobileapps.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. It’s a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Grand Canyon Chapter, established in 1916, re-chartered in 1999 and expanded in 2003, ranks as the fifth-largest chapter nationally, serving the more than 5.1 million people in Apache, Coconino, Gila, La Paz, Maricopa, Mohave, Navajo, Pinal, Yavapai and Yuma counties. For more information on the Grand Canyon Chapter, please visit www.redcross.org/gcc, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/redcrossgcc or follow us on Twitter under the handle @RedCrossGCC.