Emergency medical response at sports events – a right way and a wrong way!

Photo from mini-Craven Week by Gerhard Steenkamp

Rugby injuries is a concern to us all! Professional emergency medical response services is necessary not only at rugby games but also at all other sports events and gatherings. We often write about the importance of having qualified paramedics available at these events and we have also written about this on the Insurance Chat blog in a post titled “How do I ensure effective medical response at the event I am organizing?”

During the past weekend the photographers of Rugby15 were able to capture several rugby tournaments in both Bloemfontein and Pretoria through the lens. In Bloemfontein Gerhard Steenkamp and Denese Lups captured the mini-Craven Week while James Loretz and Anton Geyser were behind the lens at school rugby games in Pretoria. Some of these photo have been made available on the Gallery of Rugby15 and Superimage Media.

Having received photos it is clear that there is also a right and a wrong way of removing an injured players from the sports field for additional medical care.

The Right Way

Emergency Response at mini-Craven Week in Photo by Denese Lups

Emergency Response at mini-Craven Week in Photo by Denese Lups

Emergency Response at mini-Craven Week in Photo by Denese Lups

The Wrong Way:

James Loretz captured this photo of a high school rugby game where it appeared that a player might have suffered a serious injury. No stretcher was called for and the coach and a player moved the player who appeared to be in quite a lot of pain!

Photo by James Loretz /Rugby15

One thought on “Emergency medical response at sports events – a right way and a wrong way!

  • June 3, 2012 at 12:11 pm
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    I have heard that there are alot of schools taking short cuts on medical support at rugby games to save money, and some Unions are turning a blind eye to this dispite rulings by SARU on what medical support is required at a game.

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