Equestrian injuries. Results of a prospective study

JAMA. 1978 Oct 20;240(17):1881-2. doi: 10.1001/jama.240.17.1881.


In a prospective study involving 110 injured equestrians, there were no noteworthy correlations between age, sex, or experience of the amateur riders and injury occurrence. Tack failure caused several injuries. Among fox hunters the incidence was related only to frequency of hunts. The most common severe injury was to the head, associated with lack of headgear. Fewer than 20% of the 110 riders used a protective helmet. There were four renal contusions and one bladder laceration. The most frequent injuries were fractures of the upper extremities. Wearing a good-quality protective helmet and checking tack are important for injury prevention.

MeSH terms

  • Abdominal Injuries / epidemiology
  • Accident Prevention
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Animals
  • Athletic Injuries / classification
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Craniocerebral Trauma / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Horses
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Protective Devices / standards
  • Sports*
  • United States