When Injuries Occur

Steps to Follow When An Injury Occurs

  • Stop all participants.
  • Protect yourself if you suspect bleeding (put on gloves).
  • If outdoors, shelter the injured participant from the elements and from any traffic.
  • is not breathing;
  • does not have a pulse;
  • is bleeding profusely;
  • has impaired consciousness;
  • has injured the back, neck or head;
  • has a visible major trauma to a limb;
  • cannot move his/her arms or legs or has lost feeling in them.

    If the participant does not show the signs above, proceed to Step 3.
  • Gather the facts by asking the injured participant as well as anyone who witnessed the incident.
  • Stay with the injured participant and try to calm him/her; your tone of voice and body language are critical.
  • If possible, have the participant move himself/herself off the playing surface. Do not attempt to move an injured participant.

If possible, have someone with first aid training complete an assessment of the injury and decide how to proceed. If the person trained in first aid is not sure of the severity of the injury or there is no one available who has first aid training, activate Emergency Action Plan. If they are sure the injury is minor, proceed to step 5.

Allow a participant to return to activity after a minor injury only if there is no…

  • swelling;
  • deformity;
  • continued bleeding;
  • reduced range of motion;
  • pain when using the injured part.