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Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2001 Oct;121(9):501-4.

Horse-related injuries in a thoroughbred stabling area in Japan.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sapporo Medical University School of Medicine, Japan.


To investigate the demographic details and patterns of injuries related to horse handling, we reviewed 637 horse-related injuries in 581 stable- or stud-workers in a representative area of thoroughbred stabling in Japan. We found that (1) injuries occurred most frequently in a group of a relatively young workers, with a seasonal variation; (2) the principal mechanism of injury was kicks, which accounted for 39.2% of all injuries, including 11 serious and one lethal visceral injuries; (3) the upper half of the body was more frequently involved than the lower half; and (4) the peripheral bones (hand and foot) and the ribs accounted for more than half of 148 fractures. These findings are distinct from those in horse-riding injuries reported in the literature and emphasize the importance in developing preventive strategies specifically for workers in horse stables.

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