CrossFit First Aid Kits

It may seem like a no brain-er but do you have one in your CrossFit box? If so, awesome!

If you do have one, what’s in it?

The more important question: what should you have in it?

There is so much stuff out there, it can be overwhelming. Here are some suggestions to make sure you have the necessities… Open that box, chest, drawer or whatever contraption holds your first aid supplies and see how you stack up:

  • CPR mask or face shield
  • Gloves (have non-latex gloves, lots of people are now allergic to latex, why take the risk?)
  • Gauze – 4×4 or 3×3 are excellent.
  • Sterile or Non-sterile, you can get by with either. Sterile is individually packed and often easier to use and keep neat and organized in the box it comes in.
  • Gauze pads and some roller gauze
  • Band aids – there are numerous sizes and types. I would keep a variety around. But colors and graphics are up to you. If Hello Kitty is your thing, no judgements here.
  • Bacitracin – aka Neosporin. An antibacterial ointment always good to have available. Especially for things like rope burn after workouts like 31 Heroes…ouch!
  • Saline to clean off wounds or just lube up a contact
  • Tape
  • Lots and lots of tape. You really can use generic athletic tape, plus it works for everything… taping hands, holding on gauze, taping equipment, etc.
  • Ace Wraps – also known as elastic wraps, these are great for injuries to muscles and joints. They are by no means substitutes for braces or seeing a doctor but good to have around.
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Non-stick gauze bad: used when covering abrasions or other wounds because it won’t stick and rip back open.
  • Cleansing swabs or pads – with products like beta dine. Beta dine is basically a surgical scrub, one of your best options. Hydrogen peroxide is good but can sting, hurt and isn’t always the rest.

Your first aid kit can include more – the sky is the limit. These are just a few key items that are helpful to have around. They can be found in many places…

Or at a variety of stores around you including: pharmacies, sporting goods stores, big everything type stores like Walmart and Target…

Once you purchase your supplies, make sure to have them stored in one place where it is easily accessible and where people (especially your coaches and employees know where to find it. Here’s to ripped hands!:)

If you have any questions, feel free to comment!