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Three Basics for your Athletic Training Game Planby: Chris Jacobson
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Every coach should have a game plan when it comes to athletic training. Here are some points to consider:
1. Emergency Plans: As a coach you should have an emergency plan in place for your practice sites and football field. Your plans should include: A) forms of communication such as phone, walkie-talkie, etc. B) Directions to the location of the practice or game facilities C) Access to the field or practice area (Any locked gates? Do you have a Key?)
2. Athletic Training Bag or First Aid Kit: Prior to the start of the season, inspect your training bag or first aid kit to ensure that it is stocked with the proper supplies and equipment. Bring it to the field for each practice or game. Your training bag or first aid kit should have supplies for wound care, care of sprains or strains, and taping supplies. TIP: Keep a list of all your athlete’s emergency contact information in your training bag or first aid kit.
3. What Basic Athletic Training Supplies Should You Keep on Hand?
Taping Supplies: It takes about 1 1/2 rolls of tape for two ankles. If you tape your athlete 3 times per week, it would take about 4 - 5 rolls of tape for one athlete. If you have 40 players on your team, you might only tape 10. That would work out to 40-50 rolls per week - about 1 1/2 cases of athletic tape. More would be needed for wrists and other tape usages. TIP: To reduce the amount of athletic tape in your program, consider having some of your players wear ankle braces.
Gauze Pads: 1-2 boxes.
Adhesive Bandages: Flexible fabric 1-2 boxes.
Large Adhesive Bandages: 1 box.
Hydrogen Peroxide: 1 bottle.
Betadine or Germ-a-spray: 1 bottle.
Antibiotic ointment: 1-2 tubes.
Treatment for Sprains or Strains:
Elastic Wraps: 1-2 six-inches wide.
Instant Ice Pack: Use these if some one sprains an ankle or pulls a muscle.
TIP: Consider buying your athletic training supplies in bulk, which saves you money and time.
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