Anyone who has been injured in their involvement with horses is urged to report details to the British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) as part of efforts to improve safety.
BETA has launched a new crash and equipment report form for drivers to collect information that will hopefully inform the design of safety equipment.
“A better understanding of what happens to our hats and body protectors in an accident is essential to be able to design better and safer equipment, as well as to incorporate the safety standards that determine the performance of this garment,” said Claire Williams, CEO of BETA. . “The data collected through this questionnaire will provide valuable information contributing to this understanding and will help us, along with our professional members, to continue to be innovative in the space to help keep cyclists safe in all sports. “
The declaration form is available online or via a QR code which can be scanned on phones, “helping to make it more accessible to busy cyclists.”
He asks people to provide details of any accidents in which they have been involved and, if possible, to provide pictures or video of the helmet and / or body protection worn at that time.
“There is a real shortage of real [injury] data regarding the equestrian industry, ”said Diane Fisher, chief medical officer of BETA.
“It’s so important to get this data because we can pass it on to industry, to manufacturers so they can use it to help further improve what they do, as the basis for our safety equipment.
“It also allows us to search for injuries in real time. If we spot some injuries and tendencies, it allows us as BETA to step in and campaign at that point, which makes more sense than working on the back foot.
“We all accept that there are real dangers in driving, but the correct use of the protection available can mitigate and minimize those risks. As riders we all have a responsibility to stay fit, healthy and injury-free, not only for our own sake, but also for the sake of these very special animals that we are fortunate to spend time with. .
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