RIDE WITH CONFIDENCE

A CERTIFIED EQUESTIAN HELMET IS THE SMARTEST WAY TO PROTECT YOURSELF RIDING.

While no helmet will prevent all injuries, you're far less likely to suffer a serious head injury if you're wearing a helmet with ASTM/SEI certification. Every helmet Troxel manufactures meets that standard.

While no helmet will prevent all injuries, you're far less likely to suffer a serious head injury if you're wearing a helmet with ASTM/SEI certification. Every helmet Troxel manufactures meets that standard.

FACTS:


How often horse-related injuries happen?

About 70,000 people go to the emergency room each year for equestrian-related injuries. About 12,000 of those people have suffered head injuries.
  • Among lifetime riders (people who ride 6 or more times a year), 13% have been hospitalized with a riding injury.
  • Horseback riders have the same number of injury accidents per riding hour as motorcycle riders.
Who gets injured?

  • All riding disciplines have a significant rate of head injuries. Head injuries are the most common reason for equestrian-related hospitalization and fatal injuries.
  • Unpredictable riding events — a horse spooking, bucking, or bolting — account for most head injuries, but 20% happen during non-riding activities or as a bystander. Wear your helmet when around horseseven if you are not mounted.
  • Your level of expertise doesn’t protect you: The risk of injury is tied to cumulative riding time, not level of expertise.
  • Taking it slow isn’t the answer, either: Severity of the injury is most closely influenced by your distance above the ground. A fall from only 2 feet high can cause permanent brain damage.
How helmets protect you?

  • When you take a fall, a certified helmet absorbs energy by crushing and extending your head’s stopping time to reduce the peak impact on the brain significantly.
  • Helmets are built to compress and fracture on serious impact. A broken helmet is not a sign of a faulty one — in fact, it may crush or crack as it absorbs the energy that could otherwise cause you serious injury.

Concussion

Troxel equestrian helmets have been engineered to prevent severe head injuries and deaths. They are highly effective at this task. No equestrian helmets in the market at this time prevent concussions or are advertised to do so. Equestrian helmets are designed to deflect, absorb and crush during impact.


What is a concussion?

A concussion is most often caused by a sudden direct blow or bump to the head. When you sustain a concussion, the impact can jolt your brain. The brain is made of soft tissue. It’s cushioned by spinal fluid and encased in the protective shell of the skull. Traumatic brain injuries can cause bruising, damage to the blood vessels, and injury to the nerves.

Concussions can be difficult to diagnose. Though you may have a visible cut or bruise on your head, you can’t actually see a concussion. Signs may not appear for days or weeks after the injury. Some symptoms last just for seconds; others may linger.


Are concussions fairly common?

Some estimates say a mild brain trauma is sustained every 21 seconds in the U.S. But it’s important to recognize the signs of a concussion so you can take the proper steps to treat the injury.


What are the signs of a concussion?

There are some common physical, mental, and emotional symptoms a person may display following a concussion. Any of these could be a sign of traumatic brain injury:

  • confusion or feeling dazed
  • clumsiness
  • slurred speech
  • nausea or vomiting
  • headache
  • balance problems or dizziness
  • blurred vision
  • sensitivity to light or noise
  • sluggishness
  • ringing in ears
  • behavior or personality changes
  • concentration difficulties
  • memory loss

What should I do if I think I have a concussion?

If you think you or someone you know may have a concussion, it is important that you seek medical attention. A health care professional can decide how serious the concussion is and whether you require treatment.