is a foundation 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.

This course should not be confused with the standard/basic Emergency Aid course - the syllabus is classed as ‘advanced’ and deals with how you would treat an ‘on field’ injury.



   To provide the student with an understanding of the general duties, responsibilities and treatment principles of first aid.

   To provide students with the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to recognise and differentiate major from minor injury and the ability to offer basic first aid and injury/illness management and advice to a participant who has sustained illness/injury when engaged in sports activity, or in sports environments.


On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

   Describe the duties, responsibilities, general treatment principles and priorities of emergency care provision.

   Describe the elements of pre-event preparation in relation to emergency care provision.

   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.

   Recognise and respond to the signs and symptoms of common illnesses.

Limits of Responsibility

The course aims and objectives focus on the need to provide the student with sufficient knowledge and skills to identify illness, injuries and conditions and apply the appropriate first aid management. The aims and objectives are also directed towards a student 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.


The course has been subdivided into three distinct modules:

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?'

   The Recovery Position



   Severe External / Internal Bleeding


Module 2 - common musculo-skeletal Injuries, 'on-field' assessment and basic first aid management acute soft tissue injury:

   Basic Injury Recognition

   Fractures / Dislocations

   Ligament Injury Sprains

   Muscle Injury Strains and Contusions

   The On-Field Injury Assessment Process - SALTAPS

   Basic First Aid Management of Acute Soft Tissue Injury

   Head / Spinal Injury

   Skull / Cheekbone / Nose / Jaw / Rib Fracture

Module 3 - common medical conditions, the First Aid kit and after incident Issues:






   Hyperthermia - Heat Stroke / Heat Exhaustion


   Foreign Body in the Eye

   First Aid Kit Contents

   After an Emergency Incident


   Students must be 16 years of age, or over, on the date of the start of the course.

   You must have a FA Emergency aid certificate which is less than 6 months old.

   You CANNOT attend this course without the certificate **


The course is 6 hours (usually two 3 hour sessions) unless ;

   you do not have an existing FA Emergency First Aid certificate, or

   your existing FA Emergency First Aid certificate has less than 6 months to go before it expires

** If you need to renew or don’t have the FA Emergency First Aid qualification there will be a third session (3 hours), run on a separate date prior to this course so that you can do everything together.


A mixed format assessment of underpinning knowledge and understanding covering the course content will apply for the qualification.