Pitch Side First Aid

Students studying Physiotherapy pre-registration programmes can support Students’ Association sports clubs with pitch-side first aid, which also allows them to develop their practice skills within a specialised field.

Opportunity to develop the following Common Good Attributes
Active and global citizenship
Entrepreneurial mind-set
Responsible leadership
What’s involved?
Supporting Students’ Association sports clubs with pitch-side first aid allows students to develop their practice skills within a specialised field. Students attend matches (mainly football, rugby and hockey) with a view to providing first-responder duties during and immediately after the event and referring on for assessment and management where appropriate. They are also able to tie these duties in with volunteering at the Caledonian Clinic, where they may be able to continue the management of any individuals they have referred for assessment.
How will participating in this activity/opportunity allow students to make a positive difference to the communities that we serve?
This activity is mainly aimed at supporting the GCU Students’ Association community. However, by developing transferable skills and confidence in this (sometimes stressful) environment, students can also make a positive impact at external sports clubs within the local community in Glasgow and beyond. The early assessment and management of sports injury can not only prevent injuries deteriorating but can be life-saving. Prompt referral-on to the appropriate practitioner is encouraged.
What are the benefits of taking part in this activity/opportunity for participating students?
Students who get involved working with sports teams gain confidence in their knowledge and skills and gain valuable exposure to real-life situations where their basic first aid, problem solving and decision-making can make a real impact. Students gain clinical, organisational and communication skills, and have the opportunity to develop a network of friends and colleagues working in this field.
Which School or department delivers/ supports this activity?
School of Health and Life Sciences
Which students can participate in this activity?
Students studying Physiotherapy pre-registration programmes. Students need to have an interest in sports injury management, hold a current certificate in National Sports First Aid (or equivalent) and be committed to Wednesday afternoons.
Name: Douglas Lauchlan
Role: Senior Lecturer
Department/School: Psychology, Social Work and Allied Health Sciences
Telephone: 0141 331 8862