All activities are "Challenge by Choice." You are not required to participate in any activity. Everything is completely voluntary. Please communicate with your Trainer if you are not comfortable with a movement or activity. We are happy to provide additional progressions, or simply allow you the space to observe until you feel you are ready. In the event you sustain any type of injury, we are happy to assist you, and call for help if necessary. The following information is for your reference. Our injury rate is extremely low, and we track all incidents carefully. Bumps, bruises, and ripped calluses are the most common injuries. Rolled or sprained ankles are the most common soft tissue injuries. We rarely have broken bones, and the data is not consistent enough to say what is "most common." The most common hospitalization/serious injury is concussions. For every 10,000 people that enter our facility, we have approximately 4 hospitalizations.
All of our staff are First Aid/CPR trained, and we have a certification every year at our facility for our staff, and for the community. Stay on the look out for our annual certification events.
Our first aid kit is stocked up each month with athletic tape, butterfly bandages, gauze, bandages, rubbing alcohol, neosporin, hydrogen peroxide (although it is not our policy to administer cleaning and pain relief, we simply provide it to the client, or parents/guardian of client to administer. The same goes for allergies and allergic reactions. We are happy to assist, but the client must initiate, as well as self-administer ointments (topical), oral, or injections.
Open Wounds (Ripped Calluses/Blisters/Knuckle Tears): In the event an open wound occurs, such as broken blisters, ripped calluses, or knuckle tears, we recommend washing the wound with water in the bathroom. Apply bandages and/or tape and antibiotic ointment if necessary, which we provide at the front desk. We will not apply ointment (this needs to be self administered), but we are happy to help wrap or tape wounds.
Open Wounds (involving blood Cuts/Gashes/Scratches, biohazards): In the event a laceration occurs, such as a cut or gash, we take immediate action to have the wound washed and covered. All cleaning supplies that are used to clean blood, urine, or feces, must be disposed of and enclosed into a plastic bag and moved as a biohazard. We do not allow bloody towels, or bloody anything be left in an uncovered trash bin. It must be enclosed and sealed and disposed of outside of the gym. If this event occurs, we ask that front desk be notified immediately so that we can take care of the problem. We have quarterly training meetings to get our staff up to speed on these protocols.
Broken Bones: If you suspect a broken or fractured bone (usually you will feel a cold chill run through your body), please do not try to stand up or put weight on the injured portion of your body. A Trainer will ask that everyone clear the area surrounding the person injured, and come up with a plan with you, to safely move to an undisturbed area. Covering yourself with a sweatshirt, blanket, or jacket is important to prevent you from going into shock. Even if the temperature is hot, it's a likely occurrence to feel cold if you have broken a bone.
Concussions: Concussions can be serious. If you have hit your head and feel nauseous, sick, or generally out of touch/confused, then you may have a concussion. Do not continue activity under any circumstances. Do not chalk it off as a minor "brain freeze" and continue. Understand that you just hit your head, and may not be thinking straight. It's important to seek and ACCEPT help if you have sustained a head injury of any kind.
We are not medical practitioners and we do not publish or provide care instructions. We can provide our care tips from personal experience, but please do not, at any time, take our advice and replace it with that of a medical professional. As agreed to on our signed waiver if your emergency contact is not present, we will call them and arrange to have them pick you up. If the injury is serious and requires immediate medical attention, with your permission we will call 911. If you cannot communicate, we will call 911.
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Besides daily cleaning, we are always closed the 5th week of the month (5th week closure dates). So for example, if there are 5 Tuesday's in a month, we are always closed on the 5th Tuesday. We close on the 5th week to ensure all members receive the same amount of classes within a given month, and we also take the time to do an obstacle inspection, conduct builds/repairs if needed, and to orchestrate a deep cleaning of the Academy. We use medical grade rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, bleach, and several other cleaners for our equipment. We use a fine mist medical grade spray for all soft surfaces.
For Martial Arts Equipment, all loaner gloves and headgear are sprayed with medical grade rubbing alcohol after each use.
For any other questions regarding our rigging, safety, and cleaning protocols, feel free to email the front desk at firstname.lastname@example.org.