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Spinal cord injuries in horse riding

Thomas K F Taylor, Justin P Roe, Andrew J A Holland and Gerard T Roy
Med J Aust 2002; 176 (8): 402.
Published online: 15 April 2002

To the Editor: The conclusion of Holland et al that horse-related injuries in children account for a considerable number of deaths and injury is unarguable.1 In New Zealand, hospitalisation rates for falls from horses and rugby injuries are comparable.2 Despite these disconcerting facts, the data on horse-riding injuries need to be put in a balanced perspective. The frequency of injuries in adult equestrian activity, Pony Club riding, occupational riding (including professional jockeys) and riding for leisure are quite different. Collective raw data are misleading.

  • Thomas K F Taylor1
  • Justin P Roe2
  • Andrew J A Holland3
  • Gerard T Roy4

  • 1 Spinecare Foundation, Ryde, NSW.
  • 2 Department of Academic Surgery, The Children's Hospital at Westmead, University of Sydney, Westmead, NSW.
  • 3 John Hunter Children's Hospital, Newcastle, NSW.

Correspondence: Andrewh3@chw.edu.au

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