Do you know the most common injuries in equestrian?
In equestrian, the head, shoulder and arm are most vulnerable body parts to injury. Most injuries occur as a result of falling off the horse.
The rider may sometimes fall on their shoulder or head. The severity of the injury depends on the surface the rider falls onto, how they land and how fast the horse is going.
Head and neck injuries most commonly occur when a rider falls on their head or neck. These injuries should be taken very seriously, and any coach should know how a concussion and suspected neck injury should be assessed and treated. If a rider falls on her/his arm, the arm may fracture or the wrist may become injured.
Safety first – and not just on the horse back! To avoid injuries, it is important to know your horse well. When interacting with a horse, be aware that it may feel unsafe at times. This can affect its behavior and potentially lead to dangerous situations, such as kicking or biting.
Read more about the most common equestrian injuries by following the links.
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Wrist spran
- Hand fracture
- Collar bone fracture