Injury rates and risk-factors associated with eventing: a total cohort study of injury events among adult Swedish eventing athletes

Int J Inj Contr Saf Promot. 2011 Dec;18(4):261-7. doi: 10.1080/17457300.2010.545129. Epub 2011 Jun 1.


The aim of this study was to examine injury events and risk-factors among Swedish adult eventing athletes. A cross-sectional study design with retrospective recording of 1-year sports-specific exposure and injury data was used. The invited study population consisted of all members of the Swedish Equestrian Federation with eventing as their primary discipline (n = 513). The participation rate was 70.0%. The total 1-year injury prevalence was 26.6%; the specific 1-year prevalence of traumatic injury was 19.3% and of overuse injury 10.9%. The incidence of traumatic injury events was 0.54 injury events/1000 eventing hours (95% confidence interval (CI), 0.35-0.73 injury events/1000 eventing hours) for novices and 0.35 injury events/1000 eventing hours for qualified riders (95% CI, 0.21-0.49 injury events/1000 eventing hours). A total of 27.9% of the traumatic injury events led to severe injuries (causing more than 3 weeks absence from riding). Attitude to risk-taking was the only factor predicting an athlete becoming injured (p = 0.023), and qualification level was the only risk factor for additional injuries among injured riders (p = 0.003). Our results suggest that injury prevention programs in eventing should also give attention to overuse injuries and that care should be taken when eventing athletes are licensed into higher qualification groups.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control
  • Confidence Intervals
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Cumulative Trauma Disorders / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Horses*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk-Taking
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Statistics as Topic
  • Sweden / epidemiology
  • Time Factors
  • Young Adult