Refresh and Feel Great!

I am often asked how often one should refresh their first aid and CPR knowledge. My short (and somewhat vague) answer is constantly. Certifications from the Lifesaving Society are valid for 3 years, this is too long to go without training in my opinion. And although I would love to teach and reteach my wonderful clients several times a year, I realize that this is both impractical and unnecessary in most cases.

A happy medium is refreshing the content each year in some capacity (whether taking a short course or full certification course) is critically important for maintaining confidence in your skills. Also check out all of our free online resources (Quick Reference Guide PDFs broken down by topic) to refresh your memory and maintain your confidence. Trust that you can handle anything!

Be calm, be confident and think common sense!

dianasig

There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills. If you are in the Toronto area, contact us directly to set up an in-home, in-studio or in-office session today!

 

 

 

 

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First Aid Super Tip #7

To modify CPR for a visibly pregnant woman lying on her back, wedge a pillow or jacket underneath the right side of her abdomen. This will shift baby over to the left side, which helps blood return to the heart.

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Here’s this week’s First Aid Super Tip: Want a quick way to remember this modification? “Mama’s always right!”

Be calm, be confident and think common sense!

dianasig

There’s no better time to refresh your lifesaving skills. If you are in the Toronto area, contact us directly to set up an in-home, in-studio or in-office session today!

Concussion Checklist

Throughout the month of August, we have been blogging about concussions including an introduction, symptoms and treatment, prevention and further education.

Concussions occur when there is a sudden jolt or blow to the head. This causes the brain to move and, in severe cases, even twist, causing a dangerous amount of pressure inside of the skull. Concussions can be serious and have long-lasting effects if managed poorly (by having an athlete return to play too quickly, for example). This month’s Quick Reference Guide is a Concussion Signs & Symptoms Checklist.

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Be calm, be confident and think common sense!

dianasig

There’s no better time to refresh your concussion awareness and lifesaving skills. If you are in the Toronto area, contact us directly to set up an in-home, on-the-field or in-office session today!

 

 

 

 

 

Concussions: Further Education (Part 4 of 4)

This is the final post in a four-week blog series on concussion education. In this last post, we’ll get an insider look into how concussions can affect victims in the long-run, as well as provide resources to educate athletes, parents and coaches about the importance of concussion management.

Stories from Concussion Victims

It’s hard for those who have not experienced concussion symptoms to understand how much it affects both play on the field and life of the field. Here are three stories from the athletes themselves (from the CDC and Coach.ca).

Tracy’s Story (Basketball)

Shelby’s Story (Cheerleading)

Katherine’s Story (Soccer)

Further Resources

Concussion Prevention Lecture, Boston Children’s Hospital – This is a great video resource for coaches and physical education specialists to further understand the equipment available to help reduce the severity of a concussion

Concussion Discussion, Chill Magazine
Part 1: The Introduction
Part 2: A Historical Perspective on Concussions
Part 3: The Science of Concussions
Part 4: Society and Concussions
Part 5: The Aftermath: Life After Concussions

CDC’s Concussions in Sports podcasts, videos and other media – lots of comprehensive and colourful resources for coaches, parents and athletes.

CDC’s FREE Online Concussion Training for Coaches

As always, be calm, be confident and think common sense!

dianasig

There’s no better time to refresh your concussion education and lifesaving skills. If you are in the Toronto area, contact us directly to set up an in-home, on-the-field or in-office session today!