International Helmet Awareness Day 2013

Like a lot of sports horse riding is not without its risks.  With a rider’s head being up to 13 feet off the ground, it is particularly vulnerable to injury especially since horses can move at great speed and be unpredictable.

Horse Riding Head Injuries

The rate of serious injury suffered from horse riding, according to USA data, is estimated to be about the same as for motorcyclists.  Racing and eventing are particularly dangerous types of the sport.  Unsurprisingly most head injuries occur falling off a horse, though around 25% of head injuries are suffered from being kicked in the head when on the ground, for example whilst grooming.

Riders 4 Helmets: International Helmet Awareness Day 2013

Apparently the same statistics showed that 15% of all hospital visits for horse riding injuries involved a head injury with 5% being for concussion, double the rate for other major sports.  Tragically, around 100 people die per year from equestrian activities.  This is why Riders 4 Helmets organises International Helmet Awareness Day.  This year it is on 22 June, to help raise awareness amongst horse riders of teh importance of wearing a properly fitted and certified helmet, to prevent avoidable head injuries and deaths.

Head Injury UK: Head Injury Claim Experts

At Head Injury UK our specialist solicitors support any initiative which aims to reduce the number of head injuries and deaths caused by head injury.  If unfortunately you or someone close to you has suffered a head injury following any type of accident, which you think was someone else’s fault, then contact Andy Shaw to see how we can help you.


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