This is my review of the best first aid kit for basketball.
There is nothing worse than going up for a rebound and then landing awkwardly on your ankle. I can’t even count how many times this has happened to me on a basketball court and I bet you can’t either.
When playing basketball, injuries such as cuts, bruises, and sprains happen. And when they do, you want to be prepared.
Having a first aid kit with you when you hit the courts is always a good idea. But which first aid kit should you choose?
Who Should Get This
Anyone who goes to a public park or gym should have a first aid kit or related items nearby. When you are shooting hoops or playing a pickup game, there is always the potential for injury.
Sometimes it is as minor as a small fall or scratch, while other times it can be a broken bone or serious laceration. Many first aid kits come with many different items to help a range of injuries.
It is also important to remember that while a first aid kit is great for helping out initially, be sure to call for help if the injury is serious enough.
Of course, if you are playing basketball at home or at a game where trainers are present, having your own first aid kit likely isn’t necessary.
Top Basketball First Aid Kits
Here’s a list of my top recommendations, along with detailed review of each first aid kit so you get to know its pros and cons.
1.Surviveware Small First Aid Kit for Backpacking
If you want a very compact first aid kit that is easy to store anywhere, this might be the one for you. It is also very durable and is even water-resistant, all while remaining very light. It can even attach to your bike or car. The kit is also incredible at keeping things organized as every section is labeled. While the kit is advertised more for backpacking and cycling it is also perfect for basketball.
- The kit is very light and portable
- It is FDA approved
- It is made of polyester and built to last
- The kit is only capable of storing smaller items
- The contents are quite basic
2. Swiss Safe 2-in-1 First Aid Kit
This first aid kit is the perfect choice for someone who wants a compact kit, that is still complete with everything you should ever need for first aid. This kit comes with over 120 items but still measures in at only 9 inches wide. There is also a first aid guide present, which will ensure you always know the right thing to do in a certain situation on the court.
- Comes with 120+ pieces in a small case (plus a mini kit with more items)
- Handle makes it very easy to carry
- Contains things you may not expect such as trauma shears
- The case isn’t as high quality as some of the others
- Some of the contents are not as high quality as customers would like
3. M2 BASICS 300 Piece (40 Unique Items) First Aid Kit w/Bag
In the market for a larger first aid kit with all the items you’ll ever need? If so, this is a good option for you. Sure, portability and ease of storage might not be as easy as with smaller kits, but it’s not like this one is giant either. You will still be able to take it with you fairly easily. It even features a comfortable carrying handle. Because of how many items it has, you can rest assured you will have your whole team covered if they were to get hurt, as well.
- 40 different unique items (300 pieces in total)
- Its contents will be able to treat nearly every injury you could suffer on the court
- Comes with an email-delivered first aid treatment guide
- It’s a bit larger, which can make it tougher to store than others
- The carrying case and items aren’t the highest quality, but there are a lot of them
- With so many items it can be tough to keep organized
First Aid Kit for Basketball: What to Consider
Contents of the Kit
The most important factor and consideration when choosing a first aid kit for basketball is to look at the contents of the kit.
You want a first aid kit that comes complete with everything you need.
Things can be added and removed from kits of course, but it is generally more efficient and cost-effective if you simply buy a kit that already has everything you need.
While we know how important first aid kits are, we often don’t treat them the greatest. They are often thrown in cupboards or tossed in bags.
As a result, the first aid kit you go with should be durable. If the case breaks easily when tossed around a little, it simply won’t be effective.
Of course, you also need to consider the size of the first aid kit. It needs to be easy to store and move, but still hold important items.
If it is too big and bulky, it will be tough to carry around or fit in your gym bag. You want it to have all the necessary medical items, but in a compact container.
Useful Tips and Resources
Part of being able to use a first aid kit successfully is to know what each item does. You need to know what to use for different injuries and what steps to take. Watching videos (such as this one about sprains) can help you learn and understand how best to treat injuries.
Also, be sure that your first aid kit is stocked with the right things. It should include bandages, cold packs, band-aids, ointment, gauze, gloves and more.
If you head out with an incomplete first aid kit, it won’t do you much good in times of need. Be sure to restock anything you use, as soon as you return home.
When playing basketball, injuries are bound to happen. As a result, it is incredibly important to have a first aid kit handy.
Your kit should be compact enough to take with you or access easily, while also having everything you need inside to treat minor injuries like cuts, bumps, and bruises.