Footballer sustains head injury in accident on pitchJanuary 25th, 2017
During a football match this weekend, Hull City footballer Ryan Mason sustained a head injury when he collided with Chelsea player Gary Cahill as they both went in to head the ball at the same time.
Ryan was treated for quite some time on the pitch before being transferred to St Mary’s Hospital in London for further treatment including surgery. Hull City Football Club have confirmed he is in a stable condition and will remain in hospital for several days following the surgery.
The main concern when somebody sustains a fractured skull is not that of the fracture itself, but of the damage this may have done to the brain. Fractures can cause pressure and bleeding on the brain, so it is important this is treated as quickly as possible to reduce the risk of damage to the brain and long reaching consequences.
Speaking of the injuries, Peter Hamlyn, Consultant Spinal and Neurological Surgeon and founder of the Brain and Spine Foundation said, “The concern in any head injury is always with the brain rather than the skull, but a fracture can cause bleeding and potentially lethal pressure as a result. Surgeons look for this and control this.” He continued, “It must also be stressed that severe brain injury can occur without the skull being fractured. In fact skull fractures are, on the whole, rare injuries even in collision sports such as rugby union.”
This accident has highlighted the dangers of sustaining a head injury whilst playing sport. Headway, the head injury charity, have long campaigned to raise awareness of the risk of head injuries in sport and particularly the dangers of allowing players to continue playing after a bump to the head without a full assessment of their injuries and the potential chance of a concussion.
Headway praised both the football medical teams for their treatment of Mason. Chief Executive of Headway, Peter McCabe commented, “I was actually at the match and, while it was upsetting to witness the incident, it was encouraging to see the exemplary reaction of the medical teams. Headway have been critical of the way in which head injuries have been treated in many high-profile football incidents in recent years, but it is positive to see that lessons appear to have been learned.”
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