Options for First Aid Support Services for Your School Sporting Events

Posted by Terri Brinston on Dec 11, 2018, 6:30 AM

Options for First Aid Support Services for Your School Sporting Events

Coaches and athletic directors are aware of the inherent risk of injury an athlete faces each time they take the field or the court. With all the research available, it is impossible to ignore. The health and safety of the team must be a priority.

There are a variety of options available for providing first aid support for your athletic events. The best solution for your school depends on your budget and specific needs. To assist you with your decision, I outlined a simple guide that breaks down the key factors to consider for each option.

First Aid Support Services Options

Volunteer $ (Affordable)

Benefits

  • Respond and assess all injuries
  • Don’t require employee benefits

Drawbacks

  • Lack availability
  • Not dependable
  • May lack experience
  • Athletic support is not their priority
  • May lack medical supplies

MSN FAST $$ (Affordable)

Benefits

  • Readily available for practice, home, and away games
  • Dependable
  • Experienced
  • Respond to and assess all injuries
  • Athlete safety is priority
  • Flexibility
  • Don’t require employee benefits
  • Provide medical supplies

Drawbacks

  • Lack advanced medical resources (EMS rig)

Stand-By Ambulance Services $$$ (Expensive)

Benefits

  • Experienced
  • Provide advanced medical resources (EMS rig)

Drawbacks

  • Athletic support is not their priority
  • Availability is contingent on community emergency needs
  • Do not support minor injuries

Athletic Trainer $$$$ (Expensive)

Benefits

  • Readily available for practice, home, and away games
  • Dependable
  • Experienced
  • Respond to and assess all injuries
  • Athlete safety is priority
  • Full time employee

Drawbacks

  • Employee benefits required
  • Lack advanced medical resources (EMS rig)
  • May lack medical supplies

Physical Therapist $$$$ (Expensive)

Benefits

  • Available for practice, home, and away games
  • Dependable
  • Experienced
  • Respond and assess all injuries
  • Athlete safety is priority
  • Full time employee

Drawbacks

  • Employee benefits required
  • Lack advanced medical resources (EMS rig)

Schools must be proactive

While this guide isn’t an exhaustive list of all the options available, it’s a good starting place. Having no first aid support at sporting events is not an option. Parents and students are trusting that coaches, schools, and league managers are prepared if the inevitable happens. Please take some time to secure a service to support your athletes’ safety. If you have questions about our FAST program, contact us today.

First Aid Support Team (FAST) First aid and medical services for all your  school athletic events. Learn More and Get a Quote

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