January 2016 Issue - page 11

January 2016
Page 11
UK HealthCare, in partner-
ship with University of Kentucky
colleges of Agriculture, Food and
Environment and Public Health
and in conjunction with nearly 50
community, equine and medical
organizations, has released a new
educational booklet within the
Saddle Up Safely educational
“Safe Return to Riding”
covers topics that include what
to do immediately after an
accident, preparing for an injury,
and returning to riding after a
significant injury or long illness.
It contains a newly developed
equestrian injury and concus-
sion assessment tool and gives
information about calories burned
during 30 minutes of activity,
safety and helmets.
The booklet was written by
members of the Saddle Up Safely
Auxiliary, a group of volunteers
who met regularly to discuss
and debate each safety point to
ensure the recommendations were
realistic and grounded in good
Saddle Up Safely was
launched as a partnership in 2009
in advance of the 2010 World
Equestrian Games in response to
the number of riders admitted to
UK's Chandler emergency depart-
ment. The national campaign
aims to educate riders about
riding and horse handling safety,
and reduce the number and sever-
ity of rider injuries.
According to the National
Electronic Injury Surveillance
System's 2014 estimates, mil-
lions of people ride horses each
year, generating approximately
50,688 emergency room visits,
with more than 16.6 percent
of those being admitted to the
hospital. While motorcycle
riders experience a serious injury
approximately every 7,000 hours
of riding, horseback riders experi-
ence one nearly every 350 hours,
according to the U.S. Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention.
It is estimated that one in five
equestrians will be seriously in-
jured during their riding careers.
Novice riders, especially children
and young adults, are eight times
more likely to suffer a serious
injury than professional eques-
The campaign features a
series of informational brochures;
an interactive website featur-
ing safety tips and stories from
injured riders, a rider safety blog;
continuing education opportu-
nities for medical personnel and
first responders; education-based
programs and an auxiliary com-
prised of volunteers.
Find the Safe Return to
Riding booklet at the campaign
Safe Return to
Riding Booklet
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