Head injury

How confident do you feel about helping someone who has a head injury?

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Simon and I often play badminton together – it’s a tough workout and a good laugh. We were practising for a doubles match when Simon dived to save a shot.

He fell badly – hitting his head on the gym bench on the way down. It looked like a nasty fall so I went over straight away to check if he was okay.

Simon said his head hurt and he could feel a bump coming up. It must have been painful to hit his head like that. He hadn’t cut himself though and he didn’t seem to be hurt anywhere else.

I quickly grabbed an ice pack from the gym’s reception and headed back to sit with Simon.

I wrapped the ice pack in my spare t-shirt and told him to carefully hold it against the bump on his head.

I phoned his sister Lucy to see if she could come and pick him up. As we waited for her to arrive I kept talking to Simon.

I wanted to reassure him and make sure he wasn’t confused or starting to feel sick or dizzy. I knew those were signs that his head injury might be more serious.

When Lucy arrived I told her what had happened. I also let her know what the signs of a more serious head injury were so that she could keep an eye on Simon at home.

Nick decided Simon needed help. How do you think you would react in a similar situation?

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Why is it important to apply something cold to a head injury?

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If you think someone may have a more serious head injury, what are some of the signs to look for?

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How confident do you feel now about helping someone who has a head injury?

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Head injuryRemember: Apply something cold to the injury