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Concussion is the biggest injury threat for jockeys


Concussion is the biggest injury threat for jockeys

What is a concussion?

When you hear about concussion, many people don’t realise that a concussion is a mild traumatic brain injury. It usually happens after an impact to the head.

The good news is that concussions are not usually life-threatening and you can recover from this type of brain injury. That’s why it’s important to know more about the causes and the signs and symptoms.

Jockeys 3 times as likely to get a concussion

Recent findings from a new UCD study have found that amateur jockeys are three times more likely to get a concussion than professional jockeys. In fact, concussion is the biggest injury threat for jockeys, as reported in The Times.

Nearly 65 percent of amateur jockeys have been concussed from a fall compared to 25 percent of professionals.

One reason for this, is that professional jockeys are trained in how to fall. UCD Professor Michael Gilchrist explained how they learn to roll up into a ball and roll with the momentum to minimise the risk of injury.

But amateur jockeys do not have this level of fall training, making them more likely to sustain a head injury.

Concussion awareness

At Acquired Brain Injury Ireland, we want to help spread awareness and educate more people on concussion. Concussion is a manageable and recoverable injury.

That is why it is vital to know the warning signs, symptoms and treatment time of a concussion in order to ensure proper recovery.

If you are worried someone is concussed, here are the signs to look out for:

-Person appears dazed or stunned

-Person forgets instruction

-Person answers questions slowly

-Person loses consciousness (even briefly)

-Person forgets events prior to or after fall or hit

-Person moves clumsily

-Shows Mood Behaviour/Personality Change

What steps should I take if someone is concussed?

If you suspect a concussion, complete and utter rest is the most important thing to do.

That means:

-No TV

-No Computers

-No Bright Lights

-No Reading

-No Texting

-No Radio

-No Loud Noise

-No Physical Exercise

-No Alcohol

-No Driving

-No Exertion of any kind

In other words, complete brain rest and sleep.


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