Simon is on the floor after falling and hitting his head on a bench, Nick looks concerned

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Nick is smiling.

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.

Simon is on the floor after falling and hitting his head on a bench, Nick looks concerned

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.

Simon is on the floor after falling and hitting his head on a bench, Nick looks concerned

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 is on the floor after falling and hitting his head on a bench, Nick looks concerned

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.

Simon holds something cold wrapped in a cloth to his head. Nick reassures him.

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

Simon holds something cold wrapped in a cloth to his head. Nick reassures him.

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

Nick reassures Simon after his head injury

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.

Nick reassures Simon after his head injury

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.

Nick reassures Simon after his head injury

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. What did he do to help him?

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

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If someone has a serious head injury, what are some of the signs they might they show?

Simon is on the floor after falling and hitting his head on a bench, Nick looks concerned

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

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Simon holds something cold wrapped in a cloth to his head. Nick reassures him.

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

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