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Use and Perceptions of Equestrian Safety Equipment

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dc.contributor.advisor Spooner, Holly Vande Kamp, Kailey 2021-05-04T01:02:46Z 2021-05-04T01:02:46Z 2021
dc.description.abstract Modernization of equestrian sport has focused on advancements of safety equipment. The purpose of this study was to investigate factors influencing the use of safety equipment in equestrian sports. It was hypothesized that use, perceptions of efficacy, and influencing factors would differ according to discipline but not other demographic factors. More than 700 responses were obtained from an online survey. Reported helmet use was lower in western disciplines than English disciplines (P<0.0001) or driving (P<0.0001). Only 58.2% of all participants reported “always” wearing a helmet, yet 74.2% considered helmets “very effective” in preventing injury. Usage of other safety equipment was lower. These results suggest that while helmet use is considered an effective way to prevent injury, discipline still influences safety equipment use. Understanding equestrian demographics and disciplines that are likely to use safety equipment, as well as how they are influenced will allow for greater education and safety.
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Equestrian
dc.subject Helmet
dc.subject Horse Riding
dc.subject Safety Equipment
dc.subject Animal sciences
dc.title Use and Perceptions of Equestrian Safety Equipment 2021-05-04T01:02:46Z
dc.language.rfc3066 en
dc.contributor.committeemember Hoffman, Rhonda
dc.contributor.committeemember Herrin, Ariel
dc.thesis.degreelevel masters M.S.

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