British Equestrian Announces Concussion and Return to Riding Guidelines
If you ride horses, chances are you have fallen off a time or two. Which can cause a concussion.
Concussion is an injury to the brain resulting in a disturbance of brain function. It can be caused
by a direct blow to the head, but can also occur when a blow to another part of the body results
in rapid movement of the head, such as whiplash-type injuries. Loss of consciousness does not always occur – in fact, it occurs in less than 10% of concussions.
None of this info is new. What is new, is that there has never been a “Return to Riding” guideline or outline available, until now.
In short, the first 48 hours are critical: no activity should happen during this period to allow brain recovery. No riding should happen before 21 days post-concussion.
View the British Equestrian PDF Document Here: https://www.britishequestrian.org.uk/assets/EXTRA_Docs/BEF_concussion_guidance.pdf
*please note the phone numbers and other information in this document are not applicable to the United States as it is a British Document.
View the US Equestrian Concussion Guidelines Here: https://www.usef.org/compete/resources-forms/rules-regulations/concussion