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Recognising Concussion

March 2016 by Katy Luxon, MA, PGDipClinPsych, MNZCCP

Concussion in any sport is common and presents a significant public health issue, yet it remains poorly understood and is frequently undiagnosed or misdiagnosed. So what do riders need to know? Recognizing concussion is the first step. 

Equestrian sports present one of the highest risks for concussion when considering the injury incidence in proportion to the number of participants in a sport. Dealing with horses in any way inherently involves accepting a degree of danger, and for some that very risk is part of the appeal, however there is immense scope for improvement in the education, prevention, and management of concussion in horse sports.