Government data has revealed that football for males and equestrian for females are among the most common sports that send their participants to the emergency room and local pony club member, Erin Monk, can attest to that firsthand after suffering a brutal facial injury during a three-day eventing weekend last year.
Erin was riding her horse on a cross-country course last September when he became agitated, rearing up and throwing her to the ground.
Erin was concussed when her horse accidentally stood on her face while he was trying to rebalance, splitting open her chin and knocking several of her bottom teeth out.
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released its report titled Hospitalised sports injury, Australia 2016-17 this year which found that just over a quarter of all sports injuries were suffered by women or girls with equestrian accounting for 11 percent of those injuries, closely followed by netball with 10 percent and cycling with seven percent.
While she has now recovered, the 24-year-old model and veterinary nurse said she was pretty floored by the accident which saw her airlifted to Melbourne and left her with a facial scar.
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