Truth and Consequences of Concussions

There are as many different ways to fall off a horse as there are horses and riders, and the results can vary from amusing tales that stick with you for life, to injuries that threaten, change or end your life. According to statistics, head injuries are the most common reason riders end up in the hospital or dead. While wearing a helmet can protect you from catastrophic brain injury, like a skull fracture, they can’t protect you from mild traumatic brain injury, like a concussion. You don’t even have to actually hit your head to sustain a concussion – a severe jolt to the body is all it takes. The consequences can be long-lasting or permanent, and affect you physically, cognitively and emotionally. So, it turns out concussions aren’t actually as “mild” as you would think. In fact, repeated concussions can have devastating results. Brianna Kerr, who suffers from post-concussion…

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