On Wednesday evening, members of the Raleigh Hills and SW Portland Little League Association coaching staff gathered at Portland Fire & Rescue’s (PF&R) Station 18 to learn more about basic first aid. Firefighter Jason B. and Ryan F. provided helpful information about common musculo/skeletal baseball injuries, hydration guidelines, signs of heat exhaustion, signs of concussions, and common allergens that can cause a serious reaction (e.g. bee stings, insect bites). Coaches also learned what player information to have readily available for responders during an emergency and how to triage an injury, determining whether or not to treat on the spot with a physician follow up or contact 911 for emergency response.
The Little League International mandates that on an annual basis, coaching staff from all Little League charters around the United States attends this type of training as part of the “A Safety Awareness Program” (ASAP). As part of the ASAP program, leagues require a first-aid kit at each game and practice and first-aid training for coaches and managers. The ASAP Program has shown to increase Little League’s overall safety awareness and has even reduced insurance costs for participating leagues.
This basic first aid class is informal and is not accredited by the American Red Cross or any other agency but does meet the requirements of the ASAP program. Station 18 A-shifters have provided this training for several years and appreciate being a part of a solution to increase knowledge and help provide a safer environment for kids and all Little League participants.
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March 10, 2011