Un­der­stand­ing head in­juries

Horse & Hound - - Newsinsider -

HEAD in­juries in riders can oc­cur due to a blow to the head, such as hit­ting it on a solid ob­ject in a fall. Or they can oc­cur as a re­sult of rapid de­cel­er­a­tion, where the brain moves inside the skull.

It is im­por­tant riders are not al­lowed to re­turn to the sad­dle be­fore they have fully re­cov­ered as re­peat in­juries can lead to fur­ther health prob­lems.

All jock­eys have manda­tory base­line neu­ro­phys­i­o­log­i­cal screen­ing ev­ery two years.

Both the BHA and BE now use the SCAT5 test as part of the process to di­ag­nose con­cus­sion, which is the most up-to-date stan­dard tool.

It is a step-by-step guide that helps medics to es­tab­lish the pres­ence and sever­ity of a sus­pected head in­jury.

There are manda­tory stand-down pe­ri­ods and re­assess­ments for riders be­fore they can re­turn to com­pe­ti­tion or racing fol­low­ing a head in­jury.

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