Medical Support

 

Academy clinics

Therapy clinics are run before the academy training sessions listed below and are available to all players from U8s to U16s:

Monday           5-5.30pm         Sir Bernard Lovell School

Tuesday           5-5.30pm         City Academy

Wednesday     5-5.30pm         Sir Bernard Lovell School

Thursday        No Clinic

Friday              5-5.30pm         City Academy

 

Any player requiring a consultation or treatment must attend the clinic between these times and ensure they bring their training kit and boots with them.

 

Academy clinics will be also staffed by chosen university students whilst on their placement with us. These students will be supervised and must be shown the same respect as any qualified member of staff.

 

Any player who withdraws from training due to significant injury will be automatically ruled out of returning back into the same session.

Use of inhalers and medication 2016/17 season

As you may be aware, in recent months, the awareness of asthma and other long-term medical conditions in active sporting populations has gradually risen.

From the 2016/17 pre-season, the policy regarding the use of inhalers and relevant medication during training and/or matches has changed:

Our new policy states that every player that has been identified as needing an inhaler or any relevant medication, such as an epipen, must bring this/these to every academy training session or match. Here, the coaches and/or any duty medical staff will ensure that these items are present, removed from the player’s bags and are fully visible on pitchside or other training location. These items need to be fully and clearly labeled to allow myself, any duty medical staff and/or coaches prompt access to these if necessary.

If any player fails to bring their inhaler or relevant medication to any academy training session or match, they will not be permitted to take part within any physical activity. This is for the player’s own safety as members of the medical department do not carry spare inhalers/medication incase of emergency.

As an academy medical department, we completely understand that your child may only use these items very infrequently but from the start of the 2016/17 pre-season, we will rely on the cooperation of both parent and player to take responsibility for this and to make your coach or myself/duty therapist aware of any changes, damage or loss.

Medical notes

Please note that for our records, copies of any relevant medical documentation or correspondence must be supplied to the club at the earliest available opportunity.

 

Acute injury management

Treatment for any sports injury will depend on its location and severity. Minor injuries that do not require a trip to A&E, such as mild sprains, strains, knocks or bruising, can be initially treated at home using PRICEM therapy before attending the academy clinic:

 

P – It is important to protect the injured area from further injury. Applying a bandage or support can be used for this.

R – Avoiding exercise and reducing your daily physical activity by resting will allow the injury to start to heal. Playing or training through pain is not advised.

I – Ice (or any frozen compress) can be applied for up to 15 minutes every 2 hours. It is advisable to wrap the ice pack in a cloth to prevent cold burns on the skin.

C – A compression bandage or wrap can be applied immediately after icing in order to reduce any possible swelling.

E – Whilst ensuring that no pain is being caused, elevate the injured area so that it is above the level of the heart. This allows maximum comfort when resting.

M – Over the counter medication, such as ibuprofen gel or aspirin, can be used to effectively manage any pain felt

 

Concussion information

Any player suspected of having a concussion will be removed from training or play and immediately assessed.  Symptoms of concussion can arise over the first 24-48 hours post injury. A player can have a varying number of symptoms and these can range from mild to severe. Common symptoms include:

  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness, feeling stunned or dazed
  • Nausea
  • Loss of balance

 

The player should not be left alone for more than 30 minutes over the first 12 hours post-injury and must go to hospital immediately if they:

  • Have a headache that gets worse
  • Become drowsy or cant be awakened
  • Cant recognise people or places
  • Have repeated vomiting
  • Behave unusually or seem confused or very irritable
  • Have seizures (arms and legs jerk uncontrollably)
  • Have weak or numb arms or legs
  • Are unsteady on their feet or have slurred speech
  • If the player is symptomatic for more than 10 days

 

It is important for the player to rest physically and mentally until symptoms resolve, with no sleeping tablets or painkillers being given.

 

Any player diagnosed with concussion should not return to training or play on the same day of injury. When returning players to activity, they will need to be medically cleared by the academy and follow a supervised progressive program:

 

Any player diagnosed with a suspected concussion should not return to training or play on the same day of injury. When returning athletes to activity, they will need to be medically cleared and then follow a supervised progressive program:

  • No activity
  • Light aerobic activity
  • Sports-specific exercise
  • Non contact training drills
  • Full contact practice
  • Return to play

 

There should be at least 48 hours between stages two and six with a minimum of 23 days from the day of concussion to the next competitive match played. If symptoms reoccur within this time, the player will be rested until they resolve and will return to the program from the previous stage.

 

For more information, please visit the FA website.

Medical department interns and placement students 

 
As a medical department, we are fortunate enough to have the following seven interns joining us for the 2016/17 season:
  • Kieran Moden – UWE third year sports rehabilitation student covering various training and games
  • Natt Miles – UWE third year sports rehabilitation student covering various training and games
  • Jack Benden – UoG second year sports therapy student covering Sunday (H) games
  • Jordan Ward – newly qualified physiotherapist covering Sunday (H) games
  • Chloe Bird – newly qualified physiotherapist covering Thursday YDP training
  • Camille Rouxel – UWE second year sports rehabilitation student covering Monday YDP training, Tuesday FP training and Sunday (A) games
  • Lucy Brazier – UWE second year sports rehabilitation student covering Monday YDP training, Tuesday FP training and Sunday (A) games
These interns, both newly qualified or studying at local universities, are a real asset to the academy