Implementation of a Novel Return-to-Ride Concussion Management Policy for Collegiate Hunter/Jumper Equestrian Athletes


  • Devon Serrano Sweet Briar College
  • Velyn Wu University of Florida



Policy and Procedure Development, Risk Management and Mitigation, Professional Standards


A concussion return-to-participation protocol specific to equestrian is critical in the safe return of athletes to their respective discipline. At the time of submission, no specific concussion management protocol has been adopted or approved for any discipline of equestrian. In 2017, the Sport Science Institute of the National Collegiate Athletic Association released updated recommendations on concussion management in intercollegiate athletics. When the care of the hunter/jumper equestrian teams became the responsibility of the Sports Medicine staff at XXX College, a return-to-ride concussion management policy was needed. Due to limited experience with equestrian by the Sports Medicine Staff, collaboration with the Riding Center staff was vital in the creation and compliance of the protocol. Availability of a specific protocol for equestrians would allow for consistency in care among healthcare providers. The purpose of the PDSA cycle is to provide athletic trainers and other healthcare providers with an insight on the creation of a concussion return to participation guide for equestrian athletes. Using a traditional five-day program as an example, the “Return-to-Ride” protocol created is seven days of gradual riding for equestrian athletes to account for physical demands and vestibular disruptions associated with equestrian.

Author Biographies

Devon Serrano, Sweet Briar College

Devon Serrano, DAT, LAT, ATC, NREMT is the Director of Sports Medicine at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia. Dr. Serrano holds a Doctorate in Athletic Training from Indiana State University. She serves as the Young Professionals Chair for the Virginia Athletic Trainers’ Association and is the co-founder of the Equestrian Athletic Trainers’ Network.

Velyn Wu, University of Florida

Velyn Wu, MD served as the Team Physician at Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia from August 2016 to December 2019. Dr. Wu attended medical school at the University of South Florida and completed her residency through Halifax Family Medicine in 2010. She completed her fellowship in Sports Medicine through Halifax Family Medicine in 2011.






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