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It's About Time . . .

It's About Time - whether you win or lose a race

It's about time jockeys and horse riders of all levels are trained in fall safety techniques

It's about TIME in a fall incident whether you sustain a serious injury OR get up and walk away! . . .

About 3/4 of a Second!

The fall time to the ground from a height of 2.5 metres is approximately ¾ (0.71) of a second. 
Simple human Reaction Times are generally in the range of 0.15 to .25 of a second. Movement time to put the head and arms into a brace position will improve with training and is likely to be in the range of 0.2 to 0.3 of a second. Therefore with proper training, Response Time to protect the head and neck in a fall incident is likely to be in the range of 0.4 to 0.6 of a second (about 1/2 of a second).
If you or your horse should unexpectedly fall, you do not have time consciously to think of options before deciding what to do. In some situations there may be no time to respond, however in many situations you can spontaneously respond as a  result of training; training that could make the difference between sustaining a catastrophic injury . . . OR getting up and walking away!

About Horse Rider Fall Safety

There have been studies and research initiatives both on the incidence of and factors related to injury of horse riders. 

Factors that contribute to higher injury rates include: apprentice jockeys and riders who are inexperienced; riders who are riding on younger or less predictable horses; horses that are travelling at greater speed; riders who are involved in competitive activities, and participation in jumping and cross country events.
Falling wrong
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About the Program Founder

The horse rider fall training program has been designed by Lindsay Nylund who competed and coached in gymnastics over a period of 20 years.

During this time he won 3 junior and 2 senior national all-around titles, represented Australia at World Championships and Commonwealth and Olympic Games. He won a silver medal in the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada. Following this he coached male and female gymnasts at all levels from beginner to international level and was Head Coach for the WA Institute of Sport Men’s Gymnastics Program.

Lindsay's qualifications include a Science Degree (in Physical Education), with specialised knowledge of biomechanics, physiology of exercise and sport psychology. He has significant experience in the design and implementation of training programs in different learning environments. . .    Video Commonwealth Silver Medal          Read More
Lindsay Nylund's school gymnastic coach in WA was Hungarian born Physical Education teacher, Akos Kovacs. Before immigrating to Australia, Akos was detained as a political prisoner following the Second World War. Whilst being transported by train to a labour camp, Akos decided escape would be a better option than the labour camp. This required jumping from a moving train. Akos gives an account of this incident in the book Akos Kovacs an Hungarian-Australian Odyssey, by David Mason-Jones, (1997):

. . . let me now state categorically: one of the benefits of good gymnastic training is to enable you to jump, handcuffed, from a moving train in a totalitarian state! Only my gymnastic ability saved me. I tucked instinctively into a ball and tried to roll with the momentum rather than resist. I caught the downward slope of the embankment and rolled end over end for an age before coming to rest.
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