[Equestrian accidents in children and adolescents]

Unfallchirurg. 1994 Dec;97(12):661-2.
[Article in German]


The rate of pediatric equestrian injuries is relatively low, but the severity of injuries is greater than in many other pediatric sport activities. In a 4-year period the charts of 109 patients up through the age of 15 years, who were admitted for equestrian-related injuries were reviewed. Falls from horses are the most frequent cause of injuries and responsible for their anatomic localization and type of injury. In our study the upper extremity was the most common (38%) area injured and head injuries comprised the second largest group with 36%. Forty percent of all injuries were fractures, 72% of which were fractures of long bones. The circumstances surrounding the accident and mechanisms of these injuries were analyzed. Effective safety measures such as improved equestrian helmets and adequate training in dealing with horses could reduce the risk of injuries.

Publication types

  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Animals
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Athletic Injuries / etiology
  • Austria / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Fractures, Bone / epidemiology*
  • Fractures, Bone / etiology
  • Horses*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Multiple Trauma / epidemiology
  • Multiple Trauma / etiology
  • Retrospective Studies