Every year one in four children in the UK suffer an injury while playing sport, with approximately 10,000 needing hospital treatment following a head injury.

Now new research has revealed that the health of schoolchildren could be at risk due to playing on in PE lessons when they are injured.

The study was carried out by personal injury solicitors Bolt Burdon Kemp, and found that 45% of students aged between 11 and 16 are worried that they would be called "wimps" if they request to stop playing because of an injury. A full 56% of respondents said they would rather carry on playing when injured than leave the lesson.

In total 1,000 pupils were questioned for the research study, and the results suggest that more should be done to protect youngsters from exacerbating an injury - particularly when playing contact sports such as football and rugby.

Speaking of the study's results, Bolt Burdon Kemp's Cheryl Abrahams said:

"Despite there being a lot of useful guidance available to PE teachers from various sport governing bodies, they are not currently required to have a medical certificate in First Aid, or to be trained in how to spot the signs of concussion."

As well as improving the training of teaching staff, the results of the survey also suggest that more could be done to raise pupils' awareness of injuries - particularly head injuries - as almost half of respondents underestimated the seriousness of a head injury when compared to other injuries like a pulled muscle.

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