How Fast Can Your Club React?
The local sports club is the heartbeat of every town and village in the country. Plus, the people are the heartbeat of any club. So are we doing enough to protect that heartbeat?
This is the first in a series of blog posts by Clubify in relation to your awareness of heart health in your local sports club, the level of training and how to improve awareness.
We conducted 2 separate surveys:
- Club Administration
2. Members & supporters
and we would like to say thanks a million to everyone who completed this. We received a very healthy response so the results are very representative of our audience.
We have also created some very interesting videos around this area. We had a very interesting discussion with Doctor Robert Kelly, who is a cardiologist in the Beacon Hospital and Martin Conlon, who is a Health and Safety Officer at Shannon Airport. Thank you very much to both of you for contributing to this campaign.
Lastly, we have designed a fitness health checker which we would advise you to fill out and share with your members. This will give some insights and tips into how to improve your club’s readiness for an emergency situation as well as highlighting some important factors we all need to be aware of in relation to the area of heart health. It can be found here:
What did we want to achieve from the campaign and why?
We undertook this campaign because we started noticing from conversations that club members didn’t know how to react in the event of someone needing cardiac help or going into cardiac arrest. While many clubs have defibrillators and good training in place, we thought it would be very useful for clubs to be more aware of this and do what they need to do.
So we undertook some research to see if there was actually a problem or a gap in awareness. As per the facts below, we found some interesting statistics.
Here’s What The PRO’s Said About Your Club.
Obviously there are striking outcomes from this research but it does tell a story. We’re not where we want to be.
Current State Of Play
Here are the most notable findings from our survey:
14% of clubs don’t have a defibrillator.
41% of clubs have no health and safety procedure.
24% of clubs have no representative in charge of health and safety.
11 people have said their club defibrillator has needed to be used in the past. Out of 78 responses this is obviously concerning.
58% of clubs have said that there is either nowhere that members can find out who is trained to use defibrillators or that they don’t know if members can find this information.
173 people (45%) said that their club does not have a defibrillator or that they don’t know if it does.
55% have said that they have no idea who to contact, in their club, in an emergency.
This is obviously not a priority in terms of day-to-day operations but we believe every attempt should be made to have training sessions for members.
21 people have been in a situation where a defibrillator has needed to be used.
Finally, 330 people have stated that they have a confidence level of 5 or lower out of 10 when it comes to taking charge in an emergency. This lack of confidence is prevalent even with people who have been adequately trained and have attended refresher training courses. It suggests that people are afraid of taking charge in a situation and would much rather have somebody else take the reins.
There are lots of things we can use here in terms of gaps in training and raising awareness.
What Can We Do?
A friend of mine once said it was one of the skills she was most grateful for when she encountered a cardiac arrest a few years ago. It was literally the difference between life and death. I hope you never have to use it, but know how to use it and protect heart health. Push yourself and your club to get trained up.