Rapides Regional Health Talk – Rodeo trauma

Rapides Regional Health Talk – Rodeo trauma


– [Announcer] Health Talk, brought to you by Rapides Regional Medical Center. (upbeat music) Rodeo is a popular
Central Louisiana pastime, but it’s a risky pastime, too. Studies show that bull riding, especially, has an injury rate higher than the sports of football or hockey. – Well, the most typical
rodeo injuries that we see are head trauma that
range from mild concussion to more serious head injuries, dislocations of the shoulders and knees, broken bones, cuts and lacerations. We also see a lot of
hand and finger traumas. – [Announcer] And the injuries don’t just happen to bull riders. Injuries can occur with any rodeo event. From the kids’ mutton busting competition to barrel racing, bareback riding, steer wrestling, or roping. – Well, proper training
and good technique are, where rodeo experts say,
is the best place to start. However, it’s also very important to have proper protective equipment. A vest, boots, chaps, good
gloves to protect your fingers, and most importantly, a helmet. – [Announcer] Helmets
are not required in rodeo so few cowboys and cowgirls wear them, choosing to wear their
cowboy hats, instead. – Well, among the other
injuries that we see with rodeo, one of the things we see pretty
often are facial injuries, from people impacting the ground or impacting the animal itself. And that’s a lot of force
when you have an animal that may weigh 2,000 pounds or so. So we recommend, just like
with motorcycle riding or ATV riding, football, even cycling, that a helmet be worn for all events. Even though can’t protect
against a minor concussion, it can certainly protect
against severe head injury or major facial trauma. – [Announcer] For more
information about helmets and trauma prevention,
visit rapidesregional.com. (upbeat music)

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