Event Title

Injury Prevention for Equestrian Athletes through Targeted Exercise Programs

Location

Old Dominion University, Learning Commons at Perry Library, Room 1311

Start Date

8-4-2017 10:10 AM

End Date

8-4-2017 10:30 AM

Description

Equestrian sports are made up of several different disciplines that require a horse and rider combination to act in unison. To achieve this state of unity requires precise and accurate communication between two species, without the use of verbal language. This means countless hours of training to perfect the rider’s aids, which leaves little time for conditioning and strength training that would help prevent muscle imbalances and soreness. However, the use of training programs to induce specific adaptations toward the improvement of an athlete's performance, and prevent injuries is not present in today’s equestrian community. The goal of this project was to create a link between muscle specific fitness programs and the reduced number of injuries experienced by equestrian athletes that can be demonstrated through quantifiable data. A group of twenty-three individuals were used to collect data and create specific and individualized exercise programs, regardless of their age or discipline.

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Apr 8th, 10:10 AM Apr 8th, 10:30 AM

Injury Prevention for Equestrian Athletes through Targeted Exercise Programs

Old Dominion University, Learning Commons at Perry Library, Room 1311

Equestrian sports are made up of several different disciplines that require a horse and rider combination to act in unison. To achieve this state of unity requires precise and accurate communication between two species, without the use of verbal language. This means countless hours of training to perfect the rider’s aids, which leaves little time for conditioning and strength training that would help prevent muscle imbalances and soreness. However, the use of training programs to induce specific adaptations toward the improvement of an athlete's performance, and prevent injuries is not present in today’s equestrian community. The goal of this project was to create a link between muscle specific fitness programs and the reduced number of injuries experienced by equestrian athletes that can be demonstrated through quantifiable data. A group of twenty-three individuals were used to collect data and create specific and individualized exercise programs, regardless of their age or discipline.