Beyond Concussions

According to the Equestrian Medical Safety Association (EMSA), head injuries are the most common reason for equestrian-related deaths and hospitalization. And 2009 statistics out of the United States indicate that riders are more likely to suffer traumatic brain injury (ranging from concussion to life-threatening) than athletes who play rugby, football, boxing or soccer, or even race motorcycles – high-impact sports in their own rights, each with extremely high concussion rates. That makes equestrian sport the most dangerous sport per participation. Consider how often you’ve fallen off a horse. Then count the number of times you’ve fallen off and either suffered a blow to the head or a severe body jolt. If you’ve been riding for any length of time, it’s likely in excess of five instances. It stands to reason that being flung off an animal, sometimes from three or more metres above the ground, and landing on your head,…

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