An analysis of injuries in the equestrian discipline of eventing
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The purpose of this study was to firstly find out if participants in the equestrian sport of eventing feel that since the number of tragic deaths in1999, the new rule changes have assisted in improving the safety of the sport and if the frequency and severity of injury depended on the level in which they compete. The frnal part of the research was to find out what rules the participants thought needed to be changed or added in order to prevent injuries. A questionnaire was designed and sent out with the help of British Eventing to one hundred event riders ranging from the lowest level (Ponies) all the way through to the international riders (4* star). There was a high response rate of 6l%o due to the importance of the topic to the participants. Both open and closed questions were used in order to gain both statistical dataand qualitative information. Results showed that Intermediate riders sustained the most injwies and this is thought by the researcher to be due to the introduction of stopwatches at this level. Also the research showed that rider error played a major part in the number of injuries and that more horse and rider education, cross country specific, needs to be undertaken to reduce the frequency and severity of injuries in the sport. It is clear that this topic is lacking in any major research apart from the Hartington Report that was issued in the wake of the deaths in 2000. There is a need for more time and money to be put into the research of preventions of injuries in this sport, mainly protective wear, the introduction of frangible fences and cross cotrntry education.
BSc (Hons) Sport, PE and Recreation
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