Helmet campaign steps up to Olympic meeting

April 5, 2011

US Equestrian Team physician Craig Ferrell is among the delegates at a meeting tomorrow on accident prevention in sport and will talk about recent initiatives in rider safety.

USEF CEO John Long, left, with Craig Ferrell. © Riders4Helmets
Dr Ferrell, who is also chair of the FEI Medical Council, will be attending the International Olympic Committee-sponsored IOC International Federations' Medical Commission Chairpersons Meeting in Monaco April 6, 2011.

Dr Ferrell will provide updates during the meeting on the recent US Equestrian Federation helmet rule changes and progress of the riders4helmets campaign in educating equestrians on the benefits of wearing helmets.

"I think that one of the responsibilities of medical committees is to advocate for changes that make sports safer. I appreciate the website campaign of riders4helmets in the efforts to promote safety awareness. Wearing a helmet just makes good horse sense," said Ferrell, who was the co-host of the Riders4Helmets Helmet Safety Symposium on January 8 in Wellington, Florida.

The meeting is being held in conjunction with the IOC's World Conference on Prevention of Injury and Illness In Sport, from April 7 to 9, which is bringing together scientists and practitioners to investigate and develop new concepts to enhance safety in sport.

A presentation on future technology in safety helmets including those used in equestrian sport is on the agenda of the conference. Researcher Andrew McIntosh will chair a session on "Sports helmets now and in the future", with several leading researchers providing insights into Biomechanics, design, and future technologies.