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Yee-Haw… Ouch! Common Rodeo Injuries


By Carolyn Medrano

Like all athletes, the cowboys at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo are exposed to situations that could easily land them in their local urgent care center for sports related injuries. A 2007 Reuter’s article stated that “Knee and shoulder injuries are most common” (Reuters Health, 2007).

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo boasts many classic rodeo events where the most protective thing the athlete is wearing are jeans, a flannel shirt, and a cowboy hat. They lack the basic head protection afforded to pro-atheletes in other sports like football and baseball. This situation is ironic, considering that a football linebacker is significantly less of a threat than an angry bull. As a result, the same mentioned article also reports that “Concussions account for nearly 9 percent of all bull riding injuries” (Reuters Health, 2007).

List of Common Injuries

  • Concussion
  • Separated shoulder
  • Torn muscles
  • Neck injuries
  • Knee sprains
  • Ankle injury
  • Finger amputation
  • Broken bones
  • Blunt force trauma
  • Goring

As always, untrained people should never attempt the feats that professional rodeo athletes “make look so easy.” Rodeo injuries, like most physical trauma, may result in chronic conditions that take years from which to recover.

If your loved one gets a little “carried away” this Rodeo season, your local urgent care center in Houston is available with  x-ray to diagnose and treat non-critical injuries at the facility.



Clark, R. (2014), What are some common injuries of a bareback rider? Retrieved on March 5, 2014 from http://rodeo.about.com/od/barebackfaq/f/barebackinjury.htm.

Reuters Health. (2007). Rodeo injuries common, but preventable. Retrieved on March 5, 2014 from http://www.medicineonline.com/news/12/9718/Rodeo-injuries-common-but-preventable.html.


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