Head & Face Injuries

We have categorised head and facial injuries into four categories below:

Should I see a doctor?

If you have sustained any kind of head injury it is always advisable to seek medical attention. A direct blow to the head can be a minor injury right through to something more serious or even death. Concussion is very common particularly in contact sports and should never be taken lightly. Symptoms of headache, nausea, confusion should always be taken seriously and checked out by a qualified professional. The player should always be removed from the field of play if a concussion is suspected.

Every time a player sustains a head injury during a game they could be at risk of a more serious structural brain injury. It is not always possible to diagnose such an injury at the time it is sustained because the patient may be confused and difficult to examine, or where the brain injury comes on gradually post injury.

Injuries to eyes and teeth are usually serious and will also require immediate medical attention.

Concussion

Concussion is an injury to the brain caused by impact to the skull. Symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe. Mild symptoms are slight confusion with some memory loss, mild tinitus or ringing in the hear. Mild dizziness or headache are likely. Moderate concussion could also result in nausea and brief loss of consciousness whilst a severe concussion can include symptoms of severe memory loss, confusion and unconscious for longer than 5 minutes.

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