Research

CPRSMT members lead the world of rodeo related research by investigating, exposing, and defining unique and common rodeo injuries while seeking means of preventing injury in rodeo contestants.

The first studies that were done investigated the epidemiology of rodeo injuries. From these two studies new areas of research blossomed. The team found that unique injuries occurred in the different disciplines of rodeo. Case studies were investigated and published.


Click here to download the First Research Study.


Most recently Dale Butterwick is researching catastrophic injury prevention including the quest to improve the rodeo vest. Mark Lafave (PhD) investigated concussion and developed a rodeo specific tool for assessing and monitoring concussion in rodeo competitors. Breda Lau manages the Rodeo Catastrophic Injury Registry, hosted at the University of Calgary Sports Medicine Center. It is the only registry of its kind in all sport.



In 2004 Dr. Laurie Hiemstra and Dale Butterwick were co-chairpersons of the First Rodeo Research and Clinical Care Conference at the University of Calgary. One major outcome of this conference was the publication of an “Agreement Statement” about contemporary of head injury and concussion in the world of rodeo.



Click HERE for a list of all rodeo related research completed by CPRSMT Members.

The mission of the Rodeo Catastrophic Injury Registry is to collect and analyze world wide injury incidents to rodeo and bull riding participants. This data will help us identify injury prevention strategies and equipment modifications, specific to the hazards of rodeo and bull riding events.

Rodeo Catastrophic Injury Registry

The mission of the Rodeo Catastrophic Injury Registry is to collect and analyze world wide injury incidents to rodeo and bull riding participants. This data will help us identify injury prevention strategies and equipment modifications, specific to the hazards of rodeo and bull riding events.

Rodeo Sideline Concussion Assessment Tool (SCAT)

Click to download the document: Content Validity of the Rodeo-SCAT

Click to download the document​: RODEO SCAT