Management of Injury and Illness

Why is it important?

Below you will find Gold Standard Policies to follow for specific injuries and illnesses to ensure the best care is provided to all.

 

INJURIES

 
  • Australian Resus Council

The Australian Resuscitation Council is a voluntary co-ordinating body which represents all major groups involved in the teaching and practice of resuscitation.

 The Australian Resuscitation Council produces Guidelines to meet its objectives in fostering uniformity and simplicity in resuscitation techniques and terminology.

 Guidelines are produced after consideration of all available scientific and published material and are only issued after acceptance by all member organisations. These Guidelines can be found on their website.

 
 
 
  • Concussion Management

Concussion in Sport Australia brings together the most contemporary evidence-based information on concussion for athletes, parents, teachers, coaches and medical practitioners. It provides a valuable and trusted resource for the management of sports-related concussion for all Australians, regardless of the sport, location or level of participation.

 

 

  • BJSM Concussion Recognition Tool 5 (CRT 5)

For those first responders, such as sports trainers, on the field, court or pitch to help identify concussion in children, adolescents and adults. ANY ATHLETE WITH A SUSPECTED CONCUSSION SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY REMOVED FROM PRACTICE OR PLAY AND SHOULD NOT RETURN TO ACTIVITY UNTIL ASSESSED MEDICALLY, EVEN IF THE SYMPTOMS RESOLVE.

 
 
  • BJSM Sport Concussion Assessment Tool 5 (SCAT 5)

The SCAT5 is a standardized tool for evaluating concussions designed for use by physicians and licensed healthcare professionals. The SCAT5 cannot be performed correctly in less than 10 minutes. If you are not a physician or licensed healthcare professional, please use the Concussion Recognition Tool 5 (CRT5). The SCAT5 is to be used for evaluating athletes aged 13 years and older. For children aged 12 years or younger, please use the Child SCAT5.

 
 
  • BJSM Child SCAT 5

The Child SCAT5 is a standardized tool for evaluating concussions designed for use by physicians and licensed healthcare professionals. If you are not a physician or licensed healthcare professional, please use the Concussion Recognition Tool 5 (CRT5). The Child SCAT5 is to be used for evaluating Children aged 5 to 12 years. For athletes aged 13 years and older, please use the SCAT5.

 
 

This Club Concussion Management Policy is based on the guidelines developed by the AIS, AMA and AFL Doctors' Association to manage concussive episodes sustained during activities. 

 
 
 
  • Infectious disease and appropriate wound care management

The principles of wound care are about defining the wound, identifying any associated factors that may influence the healing process, then selecting the appropriate wound dressing or treatment device to aid the healing process. AUSMED have produced a Wound Care Manual and Guidelines that can assist with the treatment of wounds.

 
 
 
  • Cervical spine injuries in sports

Cervical spine injuries are fairly common and can range from relatively minor, such as cervical muscle strains, to severe, life-threatening cervical fractures and spinal cord injuries.

Although these cervical spine injuries are most common in athletes who participate in contact and collision sports, such as rugby or American football, they also have been reported in athletes who participate in noncontact sports, such as baseball, gymnastics, and diving.

Journal papers and Australian Resus Council are two good resources for more information around Cervical Spine Injuries and the assessment and management of these.

 
 
 
 

ILLNESSES

 
  • Diabetes Management

Diabetes is a serious condition, however if managed correctly shouldn’t impact sport participation too greatly for an individual with the condition. However it is important that these individuals tell (educate) relevant people in their sporting team such as players, coaches or sports trainers, about their diabetes and teach them of their management plan. Both Diabetes Australia and Sports Dieticians Australia have some great information on Diabetes managements.

 
 
 
  • Asthma Management

First Aid Plan for Asthma   

For more information on Asthma visit:

Asthma Foundations – www.asthmaaustralia.org.au

National Asthma Council Australia – www.nationalasthma.org.au

 

  • Epilepsy Management

Epilepsy Action Australia have a good resources page providing information about epilepsy and what can be done to help an individual if and when they are having a seizure. It is important for people with epilepsy to tell (educate) relevant people in their sporting team such as players, coaches or sports trainers, about their epilepsy and teach them of their management plan if a seizure happens.