First Aid Kit - Your 3-Stage Injury Kit for the Accidental Athlete

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A first aid kit is an inexpensive but valuable sports injury tool for the accidental athlete.


Sports Injury Kits... the accidental athlete

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Accidents happen. It's a universal law. Moreover, this universal law becomes more prevalent the more active you become.

What does this mean to you? Simply, the more sports or activities you and your family participate in, the MORE you need to be prepared.

THIS is where your sports injury kit comes in.

Indeed, if there is one essential standby in the home and workplace, or for the sportsman or sportswoman, it has to be the injury kit.

But don't injury kits cost a lot of money?

They don't have to.

While there are some excellent kits available on the market, it is just as easy (and cheaper) to assemble your own!


Photo courtesy of Neil Sharp


Your 3-Stage First Aid Injury Kit


Below you will find your 3-stage injury kit, with stage 1 a recommended minimum. As you become more proficient or more serious about your fitness or sport, add stage 2, and finally stage 3.

    Stage 1. Home

  • Box of different sized plasters
  • Sterile gauze pads (a clean and ironed handkerchief will do)
  • Gauze bandages
  • Box of bandages of various sizes
  • Plastic bags for ice (or packet of frozen peas - ideal for applying to injuries during injury rehab
  • Scissors
  • A First Aid book
  • Stage 2. Workplace

  • Safety pins
  • Sling
  • Scissors (2 inch medical blade scissors)
  • Needle
  • Cotton wools
  • Antiseptic fluid/wipes
  • Tweezers
  • Rubber bands
  • Aspirin/painkillers
  • Adhesive tape
  • Butterfly bandage
  • Eye-bath and eyewash
  • Thermometer
  • Antacid tablets
  • Stage 3. Recreation

  • Strapping tape and/or brace
  • Aerosol coolant spray
  • Plastic or 'second skin' product for blisters
  • Fluid replacement drink
  • Nail clippers
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Baby oil/massage cream
  • Elastic knee/ankle/elbow support
  • Foot powder
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs

In Summary

A first aid kit doesn't have to cost a fortune. Your sports injury kit can begin with a handful of essential, basic items.

And while accidents WILL happen, for very little cost, you can easily be prepared for them.


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