The label inside your riding helmet "ASTM/SEI certified" is what all riders now look for to ensure their helmet is safe, but what exactly does ASTM/SEI-certified stand for?
There is growing awareness of concussions in rodeo and all western riding, but it is one sport where there has been a much slower adoption of the use of helmets compared to other sports today. The 2015 movie Concussion created more open dialogue when Will Smith’s character Dr. Benner Omalu fought the National Football League when they tried to suppress his findings on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) brain degeneration suffered by pro football players after sustaining a severe concussion. But studies show that horseback riding is even more dangerous than playing football or hockey, sports in which helmets are now mandatory. Even relatively newer sports like snowboarding and skateboarding, require the athlete to wear a helmet.