Concussion information for the general public 

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Concussion is a traumatic brain injury that interferes with normal brain function. Concussion is caused by a biomechanical force or hit, to the head or body, transmitted to the brain. One may be concussed with or without loss of consciousness.

Concussion is an underdiagnosed condition which is important to recognize and manage appropriately. While diagnosis needs to be done by a health care professional, any person can assess whether concussion has occurred using the Concussion Recognition Tool (CRT), which can be downloaded from the Library below. It is a good idea to print out this document and keep it available when working with or around horses.
Please remember to seek professional advice whenever concussion is suspected. More detailed information on concussion aimed at health care professionals can be found  here.

Wearing a helmet offers protection against a number of head injuries. For additional information on helmets, please click here.



The FEI’s general regulatory requirements on athlete safety and welfare are set out in the FEI General Regulations.

Additional discipline-specific requirements may be found in the relevant Sports rules.

Anti-Doping matters are regulated in the FEI’s Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA).

These documents can be found in the “Rules” section in the main menu toolbar of this website. Please use your cursor to select within the dropdown list.


FEI Documents Library

Description File Name (Size)
The official Concussion Recognition Tool (CRT)Concussion Recognition Tool (CRT).pdf (129.35 KB)
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