Tips for teams & athletes preparing for international travel
Traveling abroad can be one in the highlights of any young athlete’s career. It can also be an exceptional challenge. Injuries and medical emergencies are unfortunate with your hometown or perhaps your own country. Imagine how difficult it could be if these events took place in a country in places you did not speak which or have quick access to healthcare. Here are some tips for athletes and teams to organize international travel.
RESEARCH THE LOCATION OF YOUR COMPETITION
There is a large difference between tournaments kept in larger cities overseas as well as in rural towns. Larger cities may have hospitals near by and large medical staffs on-site. More rural competitions might not have as comprehensive of medical care coverage at the events. If you or maybe your coaches understand that there is limited access to health care coverage, consider bringing an athletic trainer or physician plus more supplies and medications inside medical bags.
BRING YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS
Keep a document that lists any pertinent issues, reputation injuries and surgeries, drug and environmental allergies, and medications. Keep a copy with your personal belongings, make certain that your coach and traveling physicians or trainers possess a copy too.
UNDERGO A COMPREHENSIVE PRE-COMPETITION PHYSICAL EXAM
See either your team doctor or maybe your personal physician previous to traveling overseas for competition. Discuss any current medical illnesses and injuries. Also discuss any concerns and anxieties about the upcoming international travel.
MAKE SURE YOUR VACCINATIONS ARE UP-TO-DATE
Check together with your physician to actually have had all the routine vaccinations (for you to do this as part of the healthy lifestyle normally). If you are planning a trip to a more remote or tropical destination, consult with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization to learn if another vaccinations are recommended.
PREPARE AND BRING AN ADEQUATE MEDICAL SUPPLY KIT
This is more of the recommendation for teams and coaches as well as their medical staff than individual athletes. Also a comprehensive list is past the scope of the post, although I might prepare one soon. At a nominal amount, medical kits should contain gloves, supplies to scrub lacerations and abrasions, dressings and bandage supplies, suture kits, besides other types of tape. If it is possible to travel with additional equipment, medical devices, for example automatic external defibrillators, are perfect.
BRING ANY MEDICATIONS YOU MIGHT NEED
Plan ahead and look that you have enough of every one of the medications you are taking regularly or when needed. It might be smart to even pack a lot more than you think you need. Also be sure that all medications are properly labeled to counteract any issues undergoing airports and customs.
PLAN TO ARRIVE AT YOUR DESTINATION EARLY
Expect travel delays. Give yourself a few days to adjust to time change, your accommodations, and local travel. Expect hassles including lost luggage, missed flights, or issues with buses and cars towards the hotels or competition sites.
AVOID TRAVELER’S DIARRHEA
I realize that is not a pleasing thought, but diarrhea can spread throughout a team immediately. Fortunately some basic steps can minimize the risk of athletes getting sick. Regularly wash both your hands. Thoroughly wash or avoid uncooked fruits and veggies. Consider drinking bottled or purified water. Also check with the team doctor about bringing appropriate antibiotics to manage traveler’s diarrhea if your illness develops among a lot of the players.
PREPARE FOR JET LAG
You can gradually conform to your destination’s time zone. Switch your sleeping and eating schedules for the new time zone days or perhaps a week or two before your international travel.
AVOID BLOOD CLOTS THAT CAN OCCUR ON LONG FLIGHTS
If you are aware that the flight is a lot more than three to four hours, consider wearing support stockings in the flight. Also get up and walk across the plane frequently in the flight. Walking are certain to get the muscles moving. It will also prevent blood from pooling inside legs and potentially forming a clot.
PREPARE FOR MEDICAL EMERGENCIES DURING INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
This step is related to your first tip in the above list in terms of researching the placement. On top of knowing wherever possible about your destination, be sure that everyone around the team knows where to start and who to call should emergencies arise. Create an index of phone numbers from the coaches, team volunteers, team medical staff, and players. Distribute that list to everyone. Also create a summary of local hospitals while using locations and numbers. Include the contact info for tournament organizers. Create a step-by-step plan and spend some time using the entire group planing a trip to make sure everyone knows how to handle it before an unexpected emergency develops.