FA Basic First Aid for Sport

The FA Basic First Aid for Sport Course is a foundation of sports first aid course aimed at ‘lay first aiders’, specifically coaches, teachers, parents and volunteers, who are responsible for the provision of first aid when supporting sports activities. It is also applicable for players to learn how to manage their own injuries now and in the future.

Course Info

  • Minimum Age: 16 Years
  • Course Duration: 9 Hours (3 hours emergency first aid | 6 hours basic first aid)
  • Frequency: Approximately 1 scheduled per year
  • Pre-requisites: None 

The aims of the course are:

  •  To provide the learner with an understanding of the general duties, responsibilities and treatment principles of first aid.
  •  To provide learners with the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to recognise and differentiate major from minor injury and the ability to offer basic first aid. To provide injury/illness management and advice to a participant who has sustained illness/injury when engaged in sports activity, or in sports environment.

          Through the completion of the course the learner will be able to:

  • Describe the duties, responsibilities, general treatment principles and priorities of emergency care provision in the football setting. 
  • Carry out the emergency procedures taught on the course that would deal with a life or limb threatening injury presented to them in football.
  • Have knowledge and understanding of The FA concussion guidelines and have completed the on-line course prior to attending the BFAS course.
  • Describe the elements of pre-event preparation in relation to emergency care provision in football.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology in relation to first aid.
  • Conduct the logical ‘on-field’ assessment (SALTAPS) of a participant and apply principles of infection control.
  • Recognise and respond to the signs and symptoms of common injuries

The course aims and objectives focus on the need to provide the learner with sufficient knowledge and skills to identify illness, injury and conditions and apply the appropriate first aid management. The aims and objectives are also directed towards a learner identifying the need for an injured or ill casualty to be referred to a hospital, clinic or unit, for medical management by an appropriate healthcare professional.

Course Content:

         Module 1: General principles of first aid and emergency aid.

  • Pre-Activity Preparation.
  • The Emergency Action Plan.
  • Reacting to an incident/Approaching the injured player.
  • The ‘Primary Survey’ and ‘Secondary Survey’.
  • CPR/AED.
  • Medical emergency in football (Asthma, Diabetes and Epilepsy).
  • Head injury and Concussion management in football.

          Module 2: Common muscular-skeletal injuries, ‘on-field’ assessment and basic first-aid management of fractures/dislocations.

  • Basic injury recognition.
  • Fractures/Dislocations.
  • Basic first-aid management of acute soft tissue injury.

          Module 3: Common medical conditions, the First-Aid kit and after incident issues.

  • Anaphylaxis.
  • Severe external/internal bleeding.
  • Shock.
  • Seizure.
  • Diabetes.
  • Hypothermia.
  • Hyperthermia – Heat Stroke / Heat Exhaustion.
  • Dehydration.
  • Foreign body in the eye.
  • First-aid kit contents.
  • After an emergency incident.

Successful Completion: The FA Basic First Aid for Sport Course requires that learners understand the principles, practice and ethics of first aid. To be eligible for assessment and certification learners must have completed all elements of the course.

A mixed format assessment of underpinning knowledge and understanding covering the course content will apply for the qualification. Multi-choice questionnaire (MCQ) and Viva Voce papers will be supplied to the course tutor, and the assessment will be conducted by the course tutor.

The assessment will be:

  •           20 multi-choice questions. Learners are required to achieve a minimum pass mark of 75% (15/20).
  •          5 minute Viva Voce (Oral questioning). The Viva Voce will relate to the learner’s knowledge and understanding of the course content;    the scenario will either be (i) the recognition and response to and illness, or (ii) the recognition and response to an injury.

Learners who successfully complete both assessed elements will be awarded The FA Basic First Aid for Sport qualification.

Reassessment: Learners who are unsuccessful in either of the assessed components will be offered an immediate reassessment opportunity.

Learners who are unsuccessful in both assessed components will, after a period of four weeks and no later than eight weeks after completion of the course, be offered a further opportunity to be reassessed. Failure to successfully complete the entire unit within the time allocated will result in the requirement to retake the full programme of training and assessment.

Leaners should be aware there will be an extra levy for the tutor to conduct the reassessment.

How do I find out when the next available course is on?

You can find a list of FA Basic First Aid Workshops HERE.  However new course dates can often be announced and occasionally existing course dates/venues are subject to change. It’s always best to check the Lincolnshire FA website or give us a call to get the most up to date course information.

I’ve found the course I want – how do I enrol?

The quickest and easiest way is to enrol is via our Online Course Booking Service. The online service is available 24/7 so can be accessed at a time that suits you. It will allow you to conveniently view course details and the number of remaining places available on each course and enable you to make an instant secure payment which guarantee’s your place on the course at the touch of a button! Payment can be made with all major credit and debits cards.

If you have any questions please contact Lincolnshire FA 08449 67 07 08 for the Football Development Team or via e-mail development@lincolnshirefa.com / chris.funnell@lincolnshirefa.com


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