Equestrian Medical Safety Association


Industry and Equine Injury Related Statistical Information

Statistical Information

POLO Self report surveys on falls and injuries amount polo players indicated that during a season falls 58% of players fell and 17%. The study found that when players were trying to increase their handicap their injuries increased. Pre-season conditioning of horse and rider reduced risk. Perception of risk and mitigation factors are examined.

According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study in 2007, equestrian head injuries were the leading cause for hospital admission in those patients with equestrian-related injuries. In 2009, of the 14,446 horse related head injuries 3,798 (26.29%) required hospital admission.

Additional statistics information related to the equine industry to be updated here often. Be sure to follow all safety guidelines for equine safety and consult our Library (correct when link fixed) Resource section should you need statistical equine information.

US Eventing Association Cross Country Statistics 2006-2014

Statistics about cross country falls at national and FEI competitions. Falls are analyzed by type  and level of competition. the impact of safety processes and risk reduction construction, equipment and measures continues to improve outcomes. The concerning fall of horse and rider appears to be decreasing (.02%). At the lower national levels of competition there are about one fall in every 50 starts. For Preliminary and Intermediate levels and FEI* and FEI** the fall rate increases to one in 30 starts. For the top levels of national (Advanced) FEI*** and FEI**** the numbers are closer to one fall in every 20 starts.

National Electronic Surveillance System (NEISS)

report on pony bullhorse related admissions to hospital emergency rooms 2007 reports on types  of injury.The 2008 report covered injuries in the preceding 10 years.

Mounted and Unmounted Horse Injuries       A recent Kentucky study explores injuries from horse seen in hospitals. “This evaluation of trauma in mounted vs. unmounted equestrians indicates different patterns of injury, contributing to the growing body of literature in this field. We find interaction with horses to be dangerous to both mounted and unmounted equestrians. Intervention with increased safety equipment practice should include helmet usage while on and off the horse.”

TBI Incidents and demographics provided by the CDC

The CDC statistics on emergency room visits, hospitalizations, and deaths from traumatic brain injuries (TBI).


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