FIRST AID AND INJURY MANAGEMENT
IN THE CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL 000 IMMEDIATELY
Whilst basketball is not predominantly a contact sport, there is contact and injuries can result for a multitude of reasons. Wallan Basketball (WBI) has implemented a number of procedures to maximise the effectiveness of WBI's response to first aid needs and injury management. We encourage everyone involved at WBI to read this page fully and develop their understanding of first aid and injury management before anything occurs so that people are able to act in the moment.
NOTIFICATION OF ILLNESSES, ALLERGIES AND MEDICAL ISSUES
We ask that parents and carers of junior players notify their coach and senior players notify their coach or team mates (as well as assistant coach or team manager if they have them) of any medical issues such as asthma, anaphylaxis, epilepsy, diabetes, hemophilia and other medical issues.
FIRST AID TRAINING
It is not mandatory for our coaches and officials to have first aid training, so please be respectful of the limitations of these people to assist with first aid, injury management and emergency situations. WBI will endeavour to have members of our volunteer committee and support volunteers with first aid training to be in attendance as often as possible, but we cannot guarantee that those trained in first aid will be on site at any given time.
For those interested in undertaking a first aid training course, there are many training providers that can assist and one of the local providers can be found here. WBI will endeavour to arrange a first aid course from time to time as interest is raised.
INJURY AND ILLNESS MANAGEMENT
There are many illnesses and injuries that coaches, players, spectators and others may encounter. Whilst nothing can substitute formal theoretical and practical training, and experience, WBI have put together a list of some of the more common issues that may be encountered and how to approach the management of them:
Anaphylaxis (life-threatening allergic reaction) - how to give an EpiPen
Asthma (difficulty breathing) - first aid for asthma
Epilepsy and seizures - first aid for seizures
Diabetes (high or low blood sugar condition) - first aid for diabetes
Hemophilia (bleeding disorder) - first aid for hemophilia
Head injuries (any knock to the head) - first aid for head injuries
Common basketball injuries - first aid for injuries
If a head injury occurs any trained or non-trained person can conduct a concussion test using the THIS tool. WBI follows the Basketball Australia (BA) Concussion Guidelines, a copy of which can be found HERE.
A player diagnosed or suspected of having concussion cannot be permitted to continue competing in a game. If there is doubt the player should be sat out for the remainder of the game. Obvious signs of concussion:
Loss of consciousness or prolonged immobility
No protective action in fall to floor
Impact seizure or tonic posturing one or more limbs
Balance disturbance, unsteady on feet or ataxia
Player reports concussion symptoms
Dazed, blank stare, not their normal selves
Behaviour change atypical of the player
The player should not be left alone until medically assessed and should not drive.
RETURN TO PLAY:
Any player or referee who sustains a suspected concussion, or a player who sustains an injury that removes them from the game for several weeks, must provide a medical certificate clearing them to return to play in subsequent games.
COACHING STAFF (including team managers) MUST ENSURE THAT PARENTS/CARERS OF PLAYERS ARE NOTIFIED OF ALL HEAD INJURIES.
The INCIDENT REGISTER will be completed by a committee member for every medical incident that occurs at RB Robson Stadium, the home of Wallan Basketball. This is located in the office. .
FIRST AID ON SITE
WBI have a number of items in place to assist with first aid and injury management:
A first aid kit is in the storeroom next to Court 2;
A first aid room is located in the north-west corner of Court 1 (at the end of the grand stand, co-located with the toilet);
A defibrillator is located on the eastern wall of Court 2, next to the storeroom;
A blood spill kit is on the table next to Court 1 (near the entrance door from Court 2).
If you need to call an ambulance, please immediately dial 000. Mobile phones can also dial 112.
Direct someone to notify the court supervisor (if the injury happens during games) and then wait at the front of the stadium to direct the paramedics inside the stadium. (NOTE: If the injury has occurred on Court 1, open the emergency doors and direct them past the playgroup playground and through the emergency doors.)
Speak to the operator and ask for an ambulance.
Give the address as 46 Bentinck Street, Wallan, however the closest intersection is William Street and Wedding Drive.
Follow all of the instructions of the operator until emergency services arrive.
CPR may be required. If so, we encourage everyone to know how to perform CPR. Courses are available, including from the provider above, , or St John Ambulnace have information here. Commence CPR immediately and direct a bystander to retrieve the defibrillator so that it can be used to assist with CPR. NOTE: The paramedics may require you to continue performing CPR even once they are on site, so that they can work on the patient in other ways. DO NOT STOP CPR until specifically directed to by the onsite paramedic.
Those registered with WBI may be able to make an injury claim. All information about insurance can be found here.