Using an EAP
To keep everyone safe, find out where your EAP is and what it says. This is especially important if you're at a place you don't know, such as an away match.
A venue may actually have multiple EAPS to help deal with different situations, such as actions in the presence of a fire, etc. This module concentrates on the medical/first aid EAP at the club, which could also vary for different incidents or for different sessions such as training and matches. These documents must be accessible at all times and, ideally, on view.
Remember, good EAPs are updated regularly, so make a habit of reviewing yours.
If you still need to create a MEAP, you can access a template in the resources section of the medical emergency action plan module.
Within this module, you can find medical templates in the resource section on the MEAP module:
- Medical emergency action plan template.
- Medical consent form template.
- Injury report form template.
To support players with medical conditions and injuries, go to 5.10 Medical FAQs, which is located under the useful resources in this link.
Concussion is an injury to the brain resulting in a disturbance of brain function. It affects the way a person thinks, feels, and remembers things. There are many symptoms of concussion, with common ones including headaches, dizziness, memory disturbance, or balance problems.
Concussion can be caused by a direct blow to the head but can also occur when a blow to another part of the body results in rapid movement of the head (e.g. whiplash type injuries).
To find out more about concussion, check out the concussion guidelines module available from England Football Learning. The FA also have online content to help you learn more about concussion. Click on the following links to learn more about:
Remember - if in doubt, sit them out
Further information and The FA’s free concussion e-learning module.
Research into the consequences of heading is ongoing. Current heading guidelines are designed to mitigate potential risks.
Click here to find out more about heading guidance.
Sudden cardiac arrest
Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is usually caused by an underlying heart condition. It can happen to anyone of any age at any level of football. Sadly, there have been a number of fatal cases in football relating to players, teams, and match officials.
Having awareness and understanding of how to respond to this medical emergency can help to save lives.
Dealing with an SCA has a huge impact on all those involved - the player, first aiders, their teammates, family, spectators, opposition teams, match officials, staff, and volunteers.
SCA incidents need to be handled sensitively. Your county FA can help you to support all those who experience or witness SCA.
Let’s watch Kye’s story and hear about the impact of SCA and how access to an AED saved his life.
Select play to view the video below.