Back to school means back to practice season for student athletes across the state. Unfortunately many of these students will end up in an emergency room due to a sports related injury. Liz Dorland is the spokesperson with the American Red Cross Nebraska/SW Iowa Region and says these types of injuries account for 20% of all E-R visits for young people. Safe Kids Worldwide reports that more than 1 million emergency room visits are made each year due to sport injuries each year in the U-S.
The American Red Cross offers several classes for everyone involved in sports and recreational activities. They offer a First Aid, Health and Safety for Coaches class that was developed with the National Federation of State High School Associations that covers first aid, breathing emergencies and injuries to muscles, bones and joints.
They also offer a Family First Aid and CPR online course for those wanting to learn how to treat cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies until help arrives. They also offer a First Aid App that is free for smart phone and tablet users. It provides instant access to information on how to handle the most common first aid situations.
More information is available at redcross.org.