Coaches, when was the last time you checked your first aid kit?
Before the season?
Do you know where your kit is?
Do you even have one?
Okay. We get it. Not to worry.
It’s this time of year, that we take a moment to make sure it is still stocked and serviceable. Let’s face it, you don’t want to need something, only to find out you don’t have it. We’ve all been there.
Ready-made First Aid Kits
The problem is, most off-the-shelf kits try to do something for everything. The flip side of that coin is there isn’t enough of anything. And let’s face it, when was the last time you had to treat a bee sting in the middle of the hockey season?
Never? Yeah, us too!
We have built our own kits. Each of the three of us have one in our practice bags, and we have one in our bench bag for games. We each carry one in our practice bags. In the event someone isn’t at practice, we always have a first aid kit on-hand.
Our kits are geared towards what is likely to occur in a hockey game or practice. From bumps and bruises, to significant lacerations, we’ve got you covered.
Hockey First Aid Kits
Bumps & Bruises
Ice Packs!…………………………………………………………………..$21.99 per case (24 per case)
Not sure exactly how many we go through in a season. It’s a fair amount. A puck that catches just behind the pad, an errant stick, a coach caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Yeah, ice packs are essential. These ice packs are disposable and ready-to-use. At less than $1 per ice pack, they are a bargain.
Cuts, Scrapes & Blisters
Band Aids, (or self adhesive small wound coverings)…………$5.47 per box (100 per box)
Scraps, cuts, blisters–the treatment is usually the same–Band Aids! If you are not keeping track, you may be running low. It’s easy to lose track of how many a team goes through in a season.
Before you cover it, you’d better treat it! Triple anti-biotic ointment is essential. We rarely, if ever, give out a band aid without ointment to go along with it. We gotta kill all that bad stuff, before we protect the sore. And you need to remember, skates, gloves, hockey equipment in general are all breeding grounds for bacteria and infections. A little ointment can prevent a much larger problem. These individual-use ointment packets are perfect for hockey teams. No need to worry about loss, waste, or cross contamination.
Wound care, Non-Adherant Pads…………$9.51 per box (50 per box)
When things go bad, you need to be prepared. These sterile pads are truly important. When you need them, YOU NEED THEM. There are few substitutes. These are individually packaged and ready to take on the cuts that are too big for band aids.
Medical Tape………..$3.02 each (1-inch X 10-yards, per roll)
You can’t take care of a wound properly, without tape. While tape unravels freely in locker rooms across the USA and Canada, medical tape is in a class by itself. White, cloth, stick tape, and clear shin pad tape are all good in a pinch. But it is better to have the right tool for the job. We never think we use much of this throughout the season, and we are always surprised at the need to reorder.
Self-Adherant Cohesive Bandage………………$8.95 per 6 count
6 Rolls of Coban, each roll is 2-inches wide by 5-feet long. Comes in a color assortment. This is invaluable to have around a locker room. For extra strength, we recommend using tape along with it. This is especially useful when protecting wounds under equipment.
Medical Scissors……….$6.95 each
While we hope you never need them, like many of the items on this list, these fall into the category of its better to have them and NOT need them, than to need them and not have them! The serrated edges, and titanium blades will cut through most pads and straps. Scissors are always handy to have on hand–in the locker room, on the bench, and in your truck. When you need them, you’ll be glad you have them.
Now, you need something to keep all this together….
Small Red Bag……………..$14.99 each.
Although not a First Aid Bag, per se. We use these as our first aid kits. It provide ample storage and organization. Moreover, it is better made, better lasting and more durable than most first aid bags. It fits very well in the end pocket of our bench bag, and stores well in our practice bags. The red color is easily identifiable, and easily found in our bags. If you find it necessary to label it with a red cross or First Aid Kit, it is easily embroiderable.
Rubber Gloves……………….$7.96 per box. 100 per box.
No first aid kit can be considered complete without rubber gloves. These gloves are latex-free, and powder-free. Size: Large, other sizes available. 100 per box, can be divided between multiple kits. Protect yourself and your players. Use gloves anytime you are caring for a wound, cut, or any related health concern.
Okay. I have all this stuff. Now, what do I do with it?
Having the supplies is half the battle. Knowing how to use them is the other half.
Coaches should all invest in a first aid course. We say this and we mean it; however, we also realize the drain of coaching on your wallet. Please see First Aid for Coaches. We talk about a few ways to mitigate that drain, while still getting the information you need.
For about $50, you will have enough supplies for three to four first aid kits. One for each coach, and one for your game or bench bag.
Did we miss something? Let us know. Does this work for you? Give us your thoughts. We want to hear from you.
Just having it, isn’t enough. You have to ensure it’s stocked.
We check our kits, at least four times a year.
- Before the season starts
- Dr. Martin Luther King Day (January)
- Before Playoffs
- At the end of the season (Usually May)
Coach, This is great. But it’s extra money I just don’t have!
We get that. Coaching hockey can suck-up your funds. Here are some alternatives to bearing the cost on your own.
The best thing would be for all organizations to provide a first aid kit to their teams and coaches. But we also realize this just doesn’t always happen. Some organizations can’t afford that additional expense. Many just don’t think about it. Before you lay-out your own hard-earned cash, it doesn’t hurt to ask.
If your organization can’t, or won’t supply your team with a first aid kit. Ours is a good guide to build your own. If you need help raising the funds, ask the parents of your players to contribute. If every player kicked-in $5, you have enough to keep your team going for the season. (5 X 15 = $75) Why ask parents? Because the supplies will help take care of their kids.
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