Things to Include in an Athletic Trainer’s Kit

An athletic training kit can help coaches and trainers respond effectively to the most common injuries that occur during games. While basic first aid kits can be useful, they generally do not cover athletes’ specific needs. Guidelines vary by sport, but there are some basic tips to follow when choosing a kit from https://www.muellersportsmed.com/sports-medicine-product/athletic-training-kits/hero-medical-bags.html.

Assembling the Kit

Medical bags are available in various sizes and shapes, but the main consideration should be the bag’s portability, weight and durability. A backpack might be a great choice for coaches on the go, and clear plastic containers can keep the bag’s contents organized and quickly identifiable.

Must-Haves in an Athletic Trainer’s Kit

  • Emergency items such as parents’ contact information, as well as info on allergies, medical conditions, current medications and physician/insurance status for each athlete

  • Medical tools such as a CPR mask and exam gloves

  • Splints. SAM splints are a common addition to a trainer’s bag; they are easy to handle and they can be used more than once

  • Triangular bandages

  • Elastic bandages in varying widths, for wrapping splints and strained or sprained joints

  • Safety pins in varying sizes to secure bandages

  • Single-use cold packs to minimize swelling

Items for Wound Care and Dressing

  • Sterile gauze squares in different sizes, for cleaning and covering minor wounds

  • Rolled gauze

  • An antiseptic solution such as hydrogen peroxide

  • Triple antibiotic ointment like Neosporin

  • Adhesive bandages in multiple sizes

  • Non-stick pads for wound coverage

  • Q-tips

  • Alcohol towelettes

Ointments and Solutions

  • Petroleum jelly

  • Saline or sterile eye wash

  • Hand sanitizer

Tape and Supplies

  • Adhesive tape in varying widths

  • Tape adherent and under wrap

Instruments

  • Tweezers

  • Bandage scissors

  • A small mirror

Miscellaneous Items

Round out the trainer’s kit with a few extra but useful items. Include plastic zip-top bags, a contact lens case and solution, sunscreen, insect repellent, a phone and a spare battery, if possible. Also, consider adding a trash bag or two for emergency waterproofing needs.

This list isn’t complete, and coaches or athletic trainers may need additional items depending on the sport. However, it provides a good starting point for building an athletic training and first aid kit.