Concussions And Riding: What You Need To Know

by | 03.29.2018 | 1:42pm

The 7th Annual University of Kentucky Equine Showcase hosted presenter Dr. Fernanda Camargo, DVM, PhD, who reported on recent research involving horse-related injuries and assessing concussions in riders.

Camargo was instrumental in the launch of the Saddle Up Safely initiative, a coalition of 40 public health, medical and horse organizations in North America. Saddle Up Safely seeks to raise awareness about horse riding and handling issues, as well as educate equestrians on how to practice safer horsemanship, reports The Horse.

Researchers completed a study recently that found that 14 percent of individuals seen in emergency rooms for horse-related injuries were admitted. While less horseback riders were cared for in the emergency room than those who participated in other sports, equestrians represented the highest percentage of participants admitted compared with other activities. The most common cause of injury was falling from a horse; the second most-common injury was being kicked by a horse. Patients were admitted to the hospital mainly for head, neck and spine injuries.

Camargo also discussed the 11 “Rs” when it comes to concussions: recognize, remove, re-evaluate, rest, rehabilitation, refer, recover, return to sport, reconsider, residual effects and sequelae and risk reduction.

Saddle Up Safely also has a smartphone app that gives individuals access to the concussion and injury assessment and the return to riding protocol.

Read more at The Horse.

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