Injured Playing Football?

Unfortunately, injuries in any sport occur. If any of our players become injured we are confident that they will get the best first aid and ongoing advice possible. We have very strict policies concerning any head injuries, strains or signs of fatigue. It may be the case that your child is excluded from playing or training from time to time due to these reasons. Any concussion will automatically result in a rest period of at least three weeks. In these circumstances the concerns will be explained to both the player and parent. Below is some useful advice on some injuries.    

HEAD INJURY

 

Minor head injuries often cause a bump or bruise. As long as the person is awake (conscious) and with no deep cuts, it's unlikely there will be any serious damage.

Other symptoms of a minor head injury may include:

  • a mild headache

  • nausea (feeling sick)

  • mild dizziness

  • mild blurred vision

If these symptoms get significantly worse or if there are other, more serious symptoms, go straight to the accident and emergency (A&E) department of your nearest hospital or call 999 to request an ambulance.

Close observation

 

If your child or someone you know has sustained a head injury, observe them closely for 24 hours to monitor whether their symptoms change or get worse.

If you've sustained a head injury, ask a friend or family member to stay with you for the next 24 hours to keep an eye on you.

If your child has a minor head injury, they may cry or be distressed. This is normal – with attention and reassurance most children will settle down. However, seek medical assistance if your child continues to be distressed.

Signs of a serious head injury

 

Seek immediate medical attention if, after a knock to the head, you notice any of these symptoms in either you or your child:

  • unconsciousness, either briefly or for a longer period of time

  • difficulty staying awake or still being sleepy several hours after the injury

  • clear fluid leaking from the nose or ears – this could be cerebrospinal fluid, which normally surrounds the brain

  • bleeding from one or both ears

  • bruising behind one or both ears

  • any sign of skull damage or a penetrating head injury

  • difficulty speaking, such as slurred speech

  • difficulty understanding what people say

  • reading or writing problems

  • balance problems or difficulty walking

  • loss of power or sensation in part of the body, such as weakness or loss of feeling in an arm or leg

  • general weakness

  • vision problems, such as significantly blurred or double vision

  • having a seizure or fit (when your body suddenly moves uncontrollably)

  • memory loss (amnesia), such as not being able to remember what happened before or after the injury

  • a persistent headache

  • vomiting since the injury

  • irritability or unusual behaviour

If any of these symptoms are present, particularly a loss of consciousness – even if only for a short period of time – go immediately to your local A&E department or call 999 and ask for an ambulance.

BROKEN LEG

A broken leg (leg fracture) will be severely painful and may be swollen or bruised. You usually won't be able to walk on it.

If it's a severe fracture, the leg may be an odd shape and the bone may even be poking out of the skin.

There may have been a "crack" sound when the leg was broken and the shock and pain of breaking your leg may cause you to feel faint, dizzy or sick.

What to do

If you think you or someone else has broken their leg, go immediately to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department. Call 999 for an ambulance if the injury seems severe or you're not able to get to A&E quickly.

While you make your way to A&E or wait for an ambulance:

  • avoid moving the injured leg as much as possible – keep it straight and put a cushion or clothing underneath to support it

  • don't try to realign any bones that are out of place

  • cover any open wounds with a sterile dressing, a clean cloth or a clean item of clothing – maintain direct pressure on the wound if it keeps bleeding

If the person is pale, cold and sweaty (in shock), lie them down and carefully rest their legs above the level of their heart to improve their blood flow. When raising the broken leg, ensure it's kept straight and supported by a cushion. Keep them warm and calm until you can get medical help.

BROKEN ARM OR WRIST

 

A broken arm or wrist is usually caused by a fall onto an outstretched arm. 

Go to your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department if you think you or your child has broken a bone. If the injury is severe, dial 999 for an ambulance.

If it feels like only a minor fracture and it is not an emergency, it may be more appropriate to go to a minor injuries unit.

How can I tell if the arm or wrist is broken?

 

A broken arm or wrist bone will be extremely painful and there may also be:

  • swelling or tenderness around the injured area

  • bleeding, if the bone has damaged the tissue and skin

These symptoms may also occur if your arm or wrist is sprained rather than broken (read about sprains and strains). An X-ray in hospital is the only way to confirm whether or not the bone is broken.

If it's a clean break, you may have heard a snap or a grinding noise during the accident. The bone can break straight across, diagonally, or in a spiral pattern.

In severe cases, the bone may break into many pieces (comminuted), stick out at an angle or poke through the skin (open or compound fracture).

What you can do

 

It's important not to eat or drink anything if you think you've broken your arm because you may need a general anaesthetic so that the bone can be realigned.

Before reaching hospital, a sling may help stabilise the arm (this goes under the arm and around the neck). Avoid trying to straighten the arm.

Applying an ice pack, such as a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel, to the injured area can help reduce pain and swelling.

If your child has injured their arm or wrist, try to get someone else to drive so you can support and comfort them.

BROKEN ANKLE

 

A broken or fractured ankle is a relatively common injury, often caused by twisting the ankle, a fall, or a sporting accident. 

How do I know if my ankle is broken?

 

If you injure your ankle, the following can be signs of a fracture:

  • pain and tenderness – particularly in the bones around the ankle

  • being unable to walk or put any weight on the ankle

  • swelling and significant bruising

  • a 'crack' sound during the injury

  • the ankle being a funny shape (dislocated)

  • bone poking out of the skin (open or compound fracture)

Because of the shock and pain of breaking your ankle, you may also feel faint, dizzy or sick.

If the injury is not severe it can be difficult to tell if your ankle is broken or just sprained. An X-ray is needed to confirm whether the ankle is broken and help determine the most appropriate treatment.

What you should do

 

If you think you may have broken your ankle, go to your nearest accident & emergency (A&E) department as soon as possible.

If it feels like only a minor fracture and it is not an emergency, it may be more appropriate to go to a minor injuries unit.

Try to avoid putting any weight on the ankle. Ask a friend or relative to drive you to hospital and support your weight as you walk on your other foot.

Raising the leg and applying an ice pack (try a bag of frozen peas wrapped in a tea towel) can help reduce pain and swelling while you make your way to hospital. You can also take over-the-counter painkillers, such as ibuprofen or paracetamol, to help relieve the pain