Concussion or Injury? There’s an App for That

The Saddle Up Safely app includes a return-to-riding protocol, an injury and concussion assessment tool, and more.

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Saddle Up Safely LogoSaddle Up Safely, a rider awareness program sponsored by University of Kentucky (UK) HealthCare; the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment; and other community organizations, launched its safety app in October.

The Saddle Up Safely app includes all eight safety booklets in a PDF format; rider safety, trailering, and trail riding checklists; a return-to-riding protocol; and an injury and concussion assessment tool.

The return-to-riding protocol can help assist riders returning to horse-related activities after a concussion or other serious injury. It offers level of activity and exercise recommended by rehabilitation stage to help ensure the rider does not engage in horse-related activities before they are ready.

The injury and concussion assessment tool can help users determine the severity of the equestrian’s accident. Through a series of questions and based upon the rider’s response, the app will prompt the rider to seek medical attention immediately, if necessary. While the app should not be used in place of medical advice by a medical professional, it can help riders and coaches determine when additional assistance is needed

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