Key Learning Points

  • Having a written emergency action plan that define roles minimises errors
  • Regular equipment maintenance and checks are essential
  • Risk assessments and plans should be inclusive of both training and match day venues
  • Reflective practice and learning through Clinical Governance are important for development of emergency plans
  • Establish the minimum standards of medical equipment that will be available at training venues, pitch side and travelling with players to away venue
  • Ensure knowledge of the facilities at local hospitals and medical assistance / extrication team at the ground
  • Ensure all members of the medical team are aware of players and staff who have significant medical conditions
  • Protocols should be practised at least 2-3 times per season within the medical team through staff training.