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What Should A Sports First Aid Kit Contain?

Dental Supplies

Topical Skin Preparations

  • Bacitracin, mupirocin, or bacitracin-neomycin polymyxin B sulphate ointment
  • Insect repellent containing DEET
  • Sunscreen lotion or cream (SPF 15 or 30)
  • Lip balm or sunscreen
  • Sunblock

Nonprescription Medications

  • Ibuprofen, 200 mg tablets
  • Acetaminophen, 325 mg tablets
  • Antacid
  • Decongestant (such as oxymetazoline) nasal spray (to treat a nosebleed that doesn't respond to simple pressure)
  • Glutose (liquid glucose) paste tube (to treat a hypoglycemic - low blood sugar - reaction)

Prescription Medications

  • Metered-dose bronchodilator (albuterol) (to treat an asthma attack)
  • Space meter
  • Peak-flow meter

Allergy Kit

  • EpiPen Auto-Injector [0.3 mg] and EpiPen Jr. Auto-Injector [0.15 mg]) or allergy kit with injectable epinephrine (Ana-Kit)
  • Diphenhydramine (Benadryl), 25 mg capsules


  • Other equipment and supplies may be available at the venue, but are not usually transported with a youth athletic team, unless there are special circumstances. These include such items as large splints to accommodate major fractures (such as of the thigh), stretcher, and AED (automated external defibrillator).
*Brand names are shown to indicate representative products, not to indicate that these are the only products that may be used. Quality, availability, cost, and preference will influence which specific products you choose. 

Dr. Paul S. Auerbach is Professor of Surgery in the Division of Emergency Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center. He is Editor of the definitive textbook Wilderness Medicine and author of Medicine for the Outdoors. Dr. Auerbach is one of the world's leading authorities on emergency medicine and wilderness medicine.