Today we have a good friend Craig on the show. Craig has been in the emergency medical field for over 32 years, he is a paramedic. Craig has been training Jiu-Jitsu for approximately 8 years. He shares some of his knowledge about dealing with injuries that might happen during class. We cover a lot of stuff in this episode! You could find yourself needing to know this information on or off the mat. This episode should help you make the right decisions after an injury happens.
Craig helps us learn about these topics:
How to determine if it is a serious injury and if you need to call for help
What happens to your body if certain bones are broken?
Tips on splinting an injured extremity, and when you are not going to be able to splint something
When you should not splint an injury
What to expect when an ambulance is called
What is an open fracture, and why you need to call an ambulance
Tips on minimizing pain after an injury
Tips on what should you do before the ambulance arrives
What you can do to help someone that could have a serious neck injury
A tip to help healing is the acronym R.I.C.E (rest, ice, compression, elevate)
How quickly do you need to get stitches?
Why chest pain is not to be ignored
Why abrasions are more likely to get infected than a cut
Signs of an infected scrape or cut, and the consequences
Why it is so important to have good hygiene and a clean gi?
How to help someone that get choked unconscious
Dealing with a concussion
Signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke
Tips for staying safe when you are training in a high heat environment
Some things that should be in a first aid kid at your gym- 4X4 bandages, band aids, a sling and swath, antiseptic gel, medical gloves, ice packs, aspirin, scissors, safety pins, and tape.
Quote of the week- “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” Nelson Mandela