Honoring Equestrian Headgear On International Helmet Awareness Day
July 12 signifies the yearly event of International Helmet Awareness Day. This important campaign, launched by Riders4Helmets and promoted throughout the USA, Australia, Canada, the UK, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Switzerland, educates horse lovers on the importance and benefits of wearing a helmet when riding. Your head is very precious, housing the center of your nervous system, and so protecting your skull and brain from injury during a high-risk sport makes a lot of sense!
The campaign was founded following a 2010 accident in which US Dressage Olympian Courtney King-Dye sustained a brain injury after falling from a horse while not wearing a helmet and was consequently left in a coma for one month. King-Dye’s rehabilitation is ongoing and she has since dedicated her time to encouraging riders not to make the same mistake as she did, but to instead wear a helmet at all times when on horseback to minimize and/or avoid sustaining injury to such a delicate and important part of the body.
Whatever discipline you ride, but particularly for those riders undertaking high-risk activities such as training young horses, cross-country trials, hunter-jumper courses or trialing a new horse, it is important to wear a correctly fitted helmet. Here are some important things to consider when purchasing and using your essential headwear:
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Such good advice , I wear my helmet all the time after what happened to Courtney it isn't worth risking
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