Premier League football clubs and other professional sports teams usually have whole teams of medical experts on hand in case of injury or illness during training sessions and matches. However, smaller teams and youth clubs don’t have the money to spend on a full-time medic. This is why these teams should consider first aid training instead.
Everyone from coaches and support staff to sports participants, players and athletes should consider taking a first aid course. A medical emergency can happen at any time, not just on the pitch. Someone could fall ill on the way to a match, in the dressing room or even during post-game celebrations (or commiserations), as well as hurting themselves quite badly during the match.
With the skills and knowledge to act fast and deliver crucial first aid in a medical emergency, lives could potentially be saved. A full first aid course only needs to be taken every few years, with a refresher needed every now and again, but the skills learnt on such a course are for life. What’s more, they can be used to save lives in virtually any part of life, not just on the sports field.