Rodeo Trauma: Outcome Data from 10 Years of Injuries


  • Clinton Seifert, M.D. University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
  • Mark Rogers, M.D. 2Ascension Via Christi Hospital St. Theresa
  • Stephen Helmer, Ph.D. University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
  • Jeanette Ward, B.A. University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita
  • James M. Haan, M.D. Ascension Via Christi St. Francis



rodeo, injuries, outcomes, trauma


Introduction.  There is little data addressing rodeo injury outcomes, though injury incidence is well described.  The purpose of this study was to describe rodeo-related injury patterns and outcomes.

Methods.  A 10-year retrospective case series was performed of patients injured in rodeo events and who were treated at an ACS-verified Level I trauma center.  Data regarding demographics, injury characteristics and outcomes were summarized.

Results.  Seventy patients were identified.  Half were injured by direct contact with rodeo stock, 34 by falls.  Head injuries were most common, occurring in 38 (54.3%).  Twenty injuries (28.6%) required surgery.  Sixty-nine patients (98.6%) were discharged to home.  There was 1 death.

Conclusions.  Head injuries were the most common injury among this cohort.  With the exception of one fatality, immediate outcomes after injury were good, with 98.6% of patients dismissed home.  Improved data collection at the time of admission may help to evaluate the success of current safety equipment use.




How to Cite

Seifert, C., Rogers, M., Helmer, S., Ward, J., & Haan, J. M. (2022). Rodeo Trauma: Outcome Data from 10 Years of Injuries. Kansas Journal of Medicine, 15(2), 208–211.



Original Research