Dr Chambless is a Neurosurgeon at Vanderbilt University and also an Event Rider. The most important thing we took away from Dr. Chambless’ discussion on types, diagnosis, and treatment of TBI is that you should never mess around with a potential head injury.
Dr Chambless shared some pretty sobering statistics:
- A motorcyclist can expect one serious accident for every 5,000 hours of riding. An equestrian? One serious accident in just 350 hours of riding.
- On average there are 8 TBI deaths a year in contact sports like football. There are approximately 60 equestrian deaths each year.
- Of all TBI’s incurred during recreational sports, horseback riding accidents make up 12% – the largest group.
- Most riding TBI’s happen at home – not at shows – where regulations have no effect
TBI’s are costly to rehab, the direct costs of a severe brain injury range from $1.5-3 million. Many people never make a full recovery. Prevention is key.
See below for Dr Chambless’ video presentation from the 2nd Riders4Helmets Helmet Safety Symposium and please always wear a helmet when you ride. (Read an overview report of the helmet safety symposium by Jackie Baker at this link).