For example, a player can graze a knee when stretching into a shot, and if this draws blood, the player must be able to deal with that situation and clean up the wound and stop the bleeding as quickly as possible (WSF Rule 14.4).
When playing several matches in a short space of time a player can get blisters on their toes, feet and ankles. To have some light pain relief and essential band-aids and bandages can be the difference between being able to continue or having to withdraw.
CHECKLIST: Medical Kit Contents
- Gauze pads
- Knuckle bandages
- Athletic tape (Strapping Tape)
- Voltaren tablets
- Paracetamol tablets
- Butterfly bandages
- Elastic wrap
- Fingertip bandages
- Hand sanitizer
- Tiger Balm
- Black Permanent Marker to colour in a bandage to stop blood appearing.
- Knee Brace
- Cotton wool
- Sharpe Pin
- Antiseptic liquid
- Small Scissors
- Pumice stone
- Aloe Vera cream
- Anti-inflammatory cream - can reduce swelling quicker than tablets.
- Ice pack to reduce inflammation (it can be a small plastic pouch for local application and not too heavy for travel).
- Knee patella and/or tennis elbow strap (if this is a previous issue)