Acute Injury/Illness Management Protocol

Injury/Illness Assessment/Management Tenets

  • Inherent to the nature of baseball games and practices, injured or ill players are often initially seen and evaluated by their coaches.
  • Coaches should use their best judgement in all of these instances.
  • Coaches should avoid trying to diagnose or manage injuries or illness beyond their individual comfort and expertise.
  • Coaches should involve parents ASAP in any cases deemed to be serious or warranting additional formal medical attention.

First Aid

  • When administering first aid, the coach should not exceed the scope of his or her training. The purpose of first aid is to merely stabilize the situation and provide basic care (ice, band aid, basic comfort, etc). Cases warranting more advanced treatment should be deferred to a medical professional.

Medical emergency

  • In situations of suspected medical emergency, coaches should immediately refer to the West Raleigh Emergency Action Plan and proceed accordingly.
  • If indicated, do not delay in calling 911 and/or obtaining the AED (mounted between the bathrooms at the concession stand) and providing CPR.

Notification of parents

  • Parents should be notified immediately is there is a treatable injury.

Return to play

  • Once a player has suffered an injury that requires medical treatment by a doctor or other medical provider, the decision regarding the appropriate time to return to play should be made by that medical provider.
  • It is the responsibility of the parents to provide appropriate documentation/communication regarding return-to-play recommendations from the medical provider.
  • BOTH parents and the coaches should be comfortable with the child returning to play before he or she is allowed to return to practice or game play.