Dr. Koren Ganas of the University of Illinois College of Medicine Department of Health Sciences Education is conducting a brief survey on helmet use in equestrians across a variety of disciplines and wants your feedback! The survey is designed to gather information on riders' attitudes toward wearing helmets.
"As a health researcher and equestrian, I was prompted to do this study after seeing data that horse riding and equestrian sports are the leading cause of sports-related traumatic brain injury (TBI) in adults, published by the National Trauma Databank," said Dr. Ganas. "In fact, equestrian sports accounted for 45.2% of reported TBI, compared to just 20.2% from contact sports like football and soccer."
"While media articles and blogs purport to list reasons riders do not wear helmets, I was not able to find any academic or scholarly inquiry in the US about equestrian’s attitudes toward helmet use, and could only find estimates regarding frequency of helmet use," she continued. "I developed this survey based on similar surveys that have been used in cycling and ski sports – two sports that had great success in increasing helmet use rates and decreasing TBI in the past decade."
"Given the American Medical Equestrian Association (2010) has calculated that American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) or Safety Equipment Institute, Inc. (SEI) approved equestrian helmets have reduced all riding-related head injuries by 30% and severe head injuries by 50%; I hope to use the data gathered to understand rates of helmet use and develop interventions to lower the rates of TBI in equestrians."
To assist Dr. Ganas in her research, click here to take the survey.
Any questions about the survey should be directed to Dr. Ganas at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at [email protected].
For those that compete in a Hylofit USEA Classic Series Three-Day Event, what truly sets the competition apart from a regular horse trials is endurance day, where, in addition to cross-country, riders have the chance to experience the two roads and tracks phases and the steeplechase phase.
“We need to back up and look at the gut,” said Dr. Maureen Kelleher before diving into an explanation of the many different oral joint supplements on the market. “Digestion begins in the mouth. Salivary secretion starts to break things down as the horse chews things up and then swallows, and it ends up in the stomach. We’ve got more digestion occurring in the stomach and the small intestine, and absorption starts to occur in the small intestine and continues in the large intestine.”
The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International Three-Day Event (FHI) will host the U.S. Equestrian CCI4*-L and CCI3*-L Fall Eventing Championships along with the USEA Young Event Horse East Coast Championships presented by Dubarry, October 17-20 at the Fair Hill Natural Resource Management Area. The Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International will award $50,000 in prize money.