Simple Saliva Test May Diagnose Concussion

A simple saliva test is being used successfully to diagnose concussions among professional rugby players in the UK. Researchers have found distinct chemical “signatures’ that correctly diagnose 96% of concussions among 1,028 male professional rugby athletes from the two top-tier leagues in England over two seasons. The results are reported in the British Journal of […]

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New Method detects traumatic Brain Injuries

Traumatic Brain Inury

According to a study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery, revealed that 45.2 percent of TBI among adults were related to horseback riding, Over the years, I’ve had two concussions — at least that I know of. The last one occurred about 10 or 12 years ago, while I was hunting. There is an in […]

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FEI Requires Protective Headgear for all Riders beginning in 2021

The days of the traditional top hat are numbered. Dressage riders must wear protective headgear at all times, in the show ring and out, at FEI events as of January 1, 2021. In addition, helmets are required during the marathon phase of combined driving events.  The delay in implementation is to allow time for education […]

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Getting Back in the Saddle

Six months after a serious head injury sustained in a fall from Cooley Rorkes Drift at Tattersalls CIC3*, Olympic rider Jonty Evans made it back into the saddle. Okay, the saddle was on a simulator, but to me this looks like an excellent (and safe way) to regain his strength and coordination. I wouldn’t mind […]

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The best weekend to buy a helmet

Thinking of buying a new helmet? This is the weekend to do it! Hundreds of retailers are offering discounts on helmets as part of International Helmet Awareness Day. The helmet brands that have committed involvement in International Helmet Awareness Day 2017 are: Caldene, Champion, Charles Owen, Gatehouse, GPA, Harry Hall Hats, International Riding Helmets (IRH), […]

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Freak Riding Accident? Hardly. — AnnaBlakeBlog: Relaxed & Forward

I wear a helmet every time I ride. Without exception. But I know plenty of people who don’t. I’ve heard a lot of reasons why. “I don’t need to wear a helmet unless I’m jumping.” Nope, I had a horse fall down once when we were walking down a hill, I was glad to be […]

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The long term effects of concussions

Here’s an article that appeared in the Toronto Star that we should all read and take to heart: Long-term effects of concussion misunderstood. When I was a kid we didn’t worry too much about concussions  — or helmets for that matter. If you fell off you got back on. I never had a trainer tell […]

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Devon-aire makes it fashionable to be a conehead

After reading about evolving helmet design and safety (What we can learn about helmet design and safety), I decided it was time to get a new helmet. There’s nothing wrong with my current helmet (I wear a Charles Owen skull cap) except that it’s several years old and has no vents. It has the advantage […]

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