Black Sticks hockey striker Katie Glynn, with stitches and staples holding closed a head wound, says the real pain she feels is elsewhere.
"My heart hurts more than my head," she said after New Zealand's Olympic semi-final defeat to the Netherlands via a penalty shoot-out.
Glynn, playing in her 92nd Test, got an accidental whack on the head from Dutch opponent Ellen Hoog's stick early in the second half while Hoog trying to shoot at goal.
The crowd fell silent and there were concerned looks as the 23-year-old Aucklander lay on the ground with blood seeping through her hair and on to the turf.
"I remember the hit and everything went quiet," she said.
"I've not really been hit before. It's just a little bit of pain really."
After running repairs which included "about two stitches and about five staples" she returned to the match sporting "a nice turban" of bandages and was still running strongly at the end.
"I just wanted to get back out there and help the girls," she said.
"It's pretty disappointing how it ended, but we have to lift out heads and try to get that bronze now."