Head protection for horse riders: a cause for concern

Arch Emerg Med. 1985 Jun;2(2):85-7. doi: 10.1136/emj.2.2.85.


We report the frequency with which horse riders with a significant head injury present to a large accident and emergency department. We have also recorded details about the use of headwear and conclude that horse-riding is associated with a serious risk of head injury and 'protective' headwear may not always protect.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Athletic Injuries / prevention & control*
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Head Protective Devices*
  • Horses*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Protective Devices*
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Skull Fractures / prevention & control