Helping someone who has a head injury: sports first aid

Joe was playing five-a-side when he accidentally hit his head on the goal post. A quick-thinking player stepped in, using his first aid skills to help Joe. Would you know what to do?

#UpYourGame: get tips and advice to help someone who has a head injury.


Spot the signs

The person has just banged their head. They may be in pain and have a headache. There may also be a bump on their head.

Head injury

Head injury

Step 1: Ask them to rest and apply something cold to the injury

Use an ice pack or frozen vegetables, such as peas, wrapped in a spare t-shirt or towel. This will help relieve pain and reduce external swelling.

Step 2: Watch for the signs of a more serious head injury, such as concussion

These signs and symptoms include temporary unresponsiveness, drowsiness, or feeling sick, dizzy or confused.

Step 3: Call 999 if necessary

If you think the head injury could be more serious, or you are unsure how serious it is, always seek medical advice.


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