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Rodeo Medicine: Considerations in Event Coverage

Young, Eliot J.; Markey, Keith L.

Current Sports Medicine Reports: May-June 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 3 - p 144-147
doi: 10.1249/JSR.0b013e3181df8ff5
Sideline and Event Management: Section Articles

Rodeo is an increasingly popular but dangerous sport, with injury rates higher than any other sport. While there are several organizations that oversee many of the rodeo competitions in the U.S., most events are non-sanctioned. Several factors contribute to the risk for injury, and medical coverage is usually volunteer-based. This article describes the common events that occur in most rodeo competitions, highlights the injuries most often documented in rodeo injury reporting, and suggests guidelines for preparation of medical coverage of a typical rodeo event.

CHRISTUS Santa Rosa Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, San Antonio, TX

Address for correspondence: Eliot J. Young, M.D., FAAFP, Director, CHRISTUS Santa Rose Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, 21 Spurs Lane, Suite 300, San Antonio, TX 78240 (E-mail:

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