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

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Nick and Simon are playing badminton, when Simon falls and hits his head on a bench. Simon needs help and Nick knows just what to do.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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?

Hi 01 3892

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Take action: If someone has a head injury, apply something cold to the injury.

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