Nothing to Spook At: Scary Statistics on Tramatic Brain Injuries

Halloween is only a few days away and while you might appreciate a good scare, dressing up or indulging on some Halloween candy, we encourage you to take a moment to digest some other scary news. Did you know that one of the leading causes of sports-related traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) is horseback riding? That's right, "Looking at data from the National Trauma Databank between 2003 and 2012, the researchers found that equestrian sports contributed to the highest percentage of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) for adults. ("

"In the database, 45.2 percent of TBI among adults were related to horseback riding, dwarfing the other causes. The second-leading cause of sports-related traumatic brain injury was falls or hits from contact sports like football and soccer, but that accounted for just 20.2 percent of TBIs. The researchers pointed out that while other sports get more attention for head injuries, those taking part in equestrian sports have been found again and again to be at high risk for dangerous head injuries ("

This might seem overwhelming but there ARE things you can do to help prevent getting a TBI, including always wearing an ASTM/SEI certified helmet and making smart choices when working around or riding horses. If something doesn't feel right or you feel you shouldn't do it, then trust your instinct!

We never know when an accident can occur so the best course of action is to always be prepared. And for those times in life when things just happen, wearing a medical ID bracelet from Ride Safe can help save your life and help others around you and first responders get you the help you need faster.

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