FA Basic First Aid For Sport

The FA Basic Sports First Aid course is a foundation sports first aid course aimed at ‘lay first aiders’, specifically coaches, teachers, parents and volunteers, who are responsible for the provision of first aid when supporting sports activities.

Course Aims & Objectives

  • To provide the student with an understanding of the general duties, responsibilities and treatment principles of first aid. 
  • To provide students with the basic knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to recognise and differentiate major from minor injury and the ability to offer basic first aid and injury/illness management and advice to a participant who has sustained illness/injury when engaged in sports activity, or in sports environments. 


On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
  • Describe the duties, responsibilities, general treatment principles and priorities of emergency care provision. 
  • Describe the elements of pre-event preparation in relation to emergency care provision. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic anatomy and physiology in relation to first aid. 
  • Conduct the logical ‘on-field’ assessment (SALTAPS) of a participant and apply principles of infection control. 
  • Recognise and respond to the signs and symptoms of common injuries. 
  • Recognise and respond to the signs and symptoms of common illnesses. 

Limits of Responsibility:

The course aims and objectives focus on the need to provide the student with sufficient knowledge and skills to identify illness, injuries and conditions and apply the appropriate first aid management. The aims and objectives are also directed towards a student identifying the need for an injured or ill casualty to be referred to a hospital, clinic or unit, for medical management by an appropriate healthcare professional.

Course Content
  • The course has been subdivided into three distinct modules: 
Module 1 – general principles of first aid and emergency aid:
  • Pre-Activity Preparation 
  • The Emergency Action Plan 
  • Reacting to an Incident / Approaching the injured Player 
  • The ‘Primary Survey’ and ‘Secondary Survey’ 
  • The Recovery Position 
  • CPR 
  • Choking 
  • Severe External / Internal Bleeding 
  • Shock 

Module 2 – common musculo-skeletal Injuries, ‘on-field’ assessment and basic first aid management acute soft tissue injury:
  • Basic Injury Recognition 
  • Fractures / Dislocations 
  • Ligament Injury – ‘Sprains’ 
  • Muscle Injury – ‘Strains’ and ‘Contusions’ 
  • The ‘On-Field’ Injury Assessment Process - SALTAPS 
  • Basic First Aid Management of Acute Soft Tissue Injury 
  • Head / Spinal Injury 
  • Skull / Cheekbone / Nose / Jaw / Rib Fracture 

Module 3 – common medical conditions, the First Aid kit and after incident Issues:
  • Anaphylaxis 
  • Asthma 
  • Seizure 
  • Diabetes 
  • Hypothermia 
  • Hyperthermia – Heat Stroke / Heat Exhaustion 
  • Dehydration 
  • Foreign Body in the Eye 
  • First Aid Kit Contents 
  • After an Emergency Incident 

Course Pre-requisites

Students must be 16 years of age, or over, on the date of the start of the course.

Course Duration

The course is 9 hours in duration.

Suggested Format

The suggested format is in 3 x 3 hour modules undertaken over a 3 week period. A flexible approach is acceptable providing the entire course content is covered.

Successful Completion

The FA Basic Sports First Aid course requires that candidates understand the principles, practice and ethics of first aid. To be eligible for assessment and certification students must have completed all elements of the course (9 hours). 

A mixed format assessment of underpinning knowledge and understanding covering the course content will apply for the qualification. Multi-choice questionnaire (MCQ) and Viva Voce papers will be supplied to the course tutor, and will be selected at random for student evaluation. The assessment will be conducted by the course tutor.

The assessment will be:
  • 20 question multi-choice questionnaire; candidates are required to achieve a minimum pass mark of 75% (15/20). 
  • 5 minute Viva Voce (oral questioning). The Viva Voce will relate to the student’s knowledge and understanding of the course content; the scenario will be either (i) the recognition and response to an illness, or (ii) the recognition and response to an injury. 
Students who successfully complete both assessed elements will be awarded The FA Basic Sports First Aid qualification.

Student Reassessment

Students who are unsuccessful in either of the assessed components (MCQ or Viva Voce), will be offered an immediate reassessment opportunity.

Students who are unsuccessful in both assessed components (MCQ and Viva Voce) will, after a period of four weeks and no later than eight weeks after completion of the course, be offered a further opportunity to be reassessed. Failure to successfully complete the entire unit within the time allocated will result in the requirement to retake the full programme of training and assessment. Students should be made aware that the tutor may levy an additional charge for conducting the reassessment.

Currency of Qualification

Due to the nature and responsibility associated with first aid provision, and in line with current UK guidelines, the currency of this certificate for use as a first aid qualification will be limited to three years. To remain qualified and ‘in date’ beyond the initial three-year period, the holder must attend and pass a further FA Basic Sports First Aid course within the final three months prior to expiry of the qualification and in the subsequent three year periods thereafter.