EQUUS - - Eq Medical Front -

A study from Utah sug­gests that young rid­ers who don’t wear hel­mets are at a much higher risk of sus­tain­ing head in­juries in the event of an ac­ci­dent.

Re­searchers at the Univer­sity of Utah Med­i­cal Cen­ter re­viewed the records of 142 chil­dren ad­mit­ted to its pe­di­atric trauma cen­ter from 2005 to 2015 for rid­ing- and rodeo-re­lated in­juries. Most of the in­juries–83 per­cent–were as­so­ci­ated with rid­ing horses, while 13 per­cent oc­curred dur­ing bull rid­ing.

The data showed that only 28 (19.7 per­cent) of the in­jured chil­dren were wear­ing a hel­met at the time of the in­ci­dent. More than half of the young pa­tients brought in for treat­ment were di­ag­nosed with trau­matic brain in­jury (TBI), dam­age to the brain caused by a jolt, bump or other me­chan­i­cal im­pact.

Over­all, the data also showed that lack of hel­met use in­creased the risk of TBI nearly three­fold.

Ref­er­ence: “Hel­met un­der­uti­liza­tion by chil­dren dur­ing eques­trian events is as­so­ci­ated with in­creased trau­matic brain in­jury,” Jour­nal of Pe­di­atric Surgery, March 2017

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