Head injuries

Head injuries can be life threatening and so must be treated seriously. A head injury should always be looked at by a doctor. It is difficult to tell the extent of a head injury but treatment whilst waiting for medical help will be beneficial to all conditions. The three main conditions are:

  1. Concussion

  2. Compression

  3. Skull fracture

Always assume that the neck, head and spine are injured.

Main Cause of a head injury.

The cause of head injury is usually from a direct blow to the head.


Treatment and recovery

If the athlete is not breathing you need to do 30 chest compressions and two breaths until help arrives or until the athlete is breathing. Kneel at the side of the athlete. To perform chest compressions, with palms down place one hand on top of the other interlocking the fingers. Your fingers should be pointing away from you. Position the heel of your hand on the center of the chest, the breastbone and press firmly and rhythmically.