Helping someone who has a broken bone: sports first aid

Sophia was enjoying a bike ride with her friend when she fell off her bike and broke her arm. Sophia’s friend immediately used her first aid skills to help. Would you know what to do?

#UpYourGame: learn the skills to help someone who has broken a bone.


Spot the signs

The person may be in pain and have bruising or swelling following a fall or blow from an object. Their limb may look out of shape or be bent at an unusual angle.


Step 1: Keep the injury still and supported

Help the person to support the injury using their hand or items of clothing, such as a spare t-shirt, to prevent unnecessary movement.

Step 2: Get the person to hospital

A person with a suspected broken bone will need to go to hospital straight away. Call 999 if necessary.


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