Allens Training Sunshine Coast is pleased to announce the addition of two new charts to our extensive line-up of first aid charts.

The new charts are:

The charts follow the same useful format – signs, symptoms, and what to do – as the other charts that Allens Training Sunshine Coast has available for free download from our website.

Spinal injury and concussion are often connected in that both injuries can occur concurrently, and some of the signs and symptoms, such as nausea, headache, dizziness, can be the same. One of the first steps with a concussion is to assess for spinal injury, and if the concussion patient is unconscious, treat as for spinal injury.

The Australian Spinal Injury Alliance tells us that in Australia, about 80% of newly reported spinal cord injuries result from trauma (that is, accident related), and the remainder result from non-traumatic causes such as medical conditions and disease. The majority of trauma cases are transport-related, with slightly more than half being motor vehicle occupants, and the remainder being unprotected road users, mainly motorcyclists. In non-transport trauma cases, falls account for slightly more than a quarter, and being hit or struck by an object accounts for about 9%, with another 9% being associated with water-related accidents such as diving, jumping or falling into water.

The Spinal Injury chart emphasises the need to keep the casualty still and consider spinal alignment at all times. One of the signs of a spinal injury could be a head injury or trauma, so concussion could be part of the overall picture.

Sports Medicine Australia defines concussion as ‘a disturbance in brain function caused by a direct or indirect force to the head’, and points out that concussion is ‘a relatively common injury in many sporting and recreational activities’. Headwest (Brain Injury Association of WA) reports that concussion can happen very easily from minor accidents such as a fall or walking into a low doorway or receiving a blow to the head. However, you cannot see concussion, and symptoms may be variable. Therefore, it is vitally important for sports coaches and officials, parents, caregivers, and especially first aiders to be able to recognise any visible clues, and take action using standard emergency first aid procedures. These procedures are covered in Allens Training Sunshine Coast first aid courses and are summarised on the new Concussion chart.

Provide Provide First Aid courses are run at our Birtinya training centre and at premises in Noosa.

To book into your next first aid course please book online via our secure website or phone 07 5438 8888.


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