Concussion is defined as a disturbance in brain function caused by a direct or indirect blow to the head. Some people describe concussion as mild traumatic brain injury.
Some of the most common symptoms of concussion can range from mild to severe and include:
- Loss of balance
- Double or blurred vision
Medical attention should be sought immediately. Riders should not continue until they are deemed fit to do so by a Doctor or Paramedic.
The full policy for Head Injury and Concussion can be downloaded below.
When you suspect concussion or head injury, you should follow the flowchart below.
Loss of Consciousness
In the event of any loss of consciousness of any duration at any Pony Club event, riders should not continue the activity and should avoid riding (or any contact sports) for at least 14 days. Riders are also advised to seek medical review from a Doctor or Paramedic either at the time of the loss of consciousness or as soon as reasonably practicable afterwards.
Concussion Advice Form
In the event of a suspected concussion, particularly if a rider shows any signs of vomiting, unsteadiness, worsening headache, confusion, seizure, unusual behaviour, or double vision, riders should seek medical care from a Doctor or Paramedic and should not ride until they have been deemed as not suffering with concussion. If concussion is diagnosed, it would be normal for riders not to ride for at least 7-10 days. Parents / guardians will need to take responsibility for ensuring that riders seek medical attention and do not ride when they have been advised not to.
The Concussion Advice Form (below) should be used to ensure that parents / guardians are definitely aware of the need to adhere to medical advice. This can also be purchased at the Pony Club Online Shop.
Action After a Fall
As a teaching organisation we wish riders to be able to continue whenever possible. However, a rider must not be allowed to remount after a fall if there is any element of doubt as to their fitness, irrespective of the wishes of the parents / guardians, trainers, etc. Further participation may be possible following medical examination by a Doctor or Paramedic.