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The Dangers of Being a Cowboy

Posted on behalf of Edwards Law Firm on Dec 05, 2013 in Personal Injury

Rodeo accidents are without a doubt one of the most scary and extreme type of accident which can occur in any sport. The average bucking bull used in a rodeo weighs between 1,700 and 1,800 pounds, while the highest they may weigh is 2,200 pounds.

It may come as no surprise to many that saddling ones self on the top of these large animals, with no protective equipment, may result in serious injuries. When this happens, it may be in your best interest to consult with a reputable personal injury attorney in Tulsa to find out if you have legal options. 

Over a twenty five year time span the Mobile Sports Medicine Systems has covered 1,939 of rodeos, and 9,869 performances. As a result of these rodeos and performances, they have evaluated 86,538 athletes for injuries, treated 12,674 athletes with minor injuries, and 1,651 athletes with major injuries.

During this same period of time, The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association has attended 17,406 rodeos, and 51,530 performances. Of all of these rodeos and performances, there were a total of 18 arena fatalities.

The following statistics demonstrate the combined percentage of injuries for each location of the body from both of the above organizations:

Body Location Percentage
Head/Face 15.99%
Cervical Spine 5.38%
Shoulder 11.65%
Upper Arm 1.46%
Thoracic Spine 3.13%
Elbow 4.43%

Chest/Ribs

3.87%
Forearm 1.75%
Lumbar Spine 7.75%
Wrist 4.02%
Abdominal 1.84%
Hip 2.34%
Hand/Fingers 4.62%
Hamstring 1.36%
Thigh/Groin 5.90%
Lower Leg 5.07%
Knee 12.12%
Ankle 6.33%
Foot 1.59%

 

For those of you that have never seen a rodeo or witnessed a rodeo accident, our legal team has gathered some videos to demonstrate the tremendous amount of danger this sport poses to its athletes. Viewer discretion is advised for the following videos:

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