Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Physical Therapy (MPT)


Physical Therapy

First Advisor

Beverly Johnson


Athletic Injuries; Rodeos


The sport of rodeo is a high risk event. Each event presents unique dangers creating opportunity for injury. The high injury rate calls for medical intervention for these athletes. However, there are a limited number of publications and research relative to medical care for rodeo athletes.

The purpose of this paper is to inform physical therapists about the sport of rodeo, its members, mode of injury and atmosphere surrounding this sport. By increasing awareness, physical therapists will have a better understanding of rodeo and the special challenges it presents.

Several key points will be discussed. The history of rodeo, as well as the history of medical care, will be outlined. Next, high risk rodeo events will be described, the mechanism of injury examined and common injuries identified. Finally, physical therapy intervention will be assessed.

Physical therapists should be aware of the special needs of rodeo athletes in order to treat them effectively. By understanding the mechanism of injury, the cowboy's lifestyle and the physical demands needed to return to the sport, the physical therapist and rodeo athlete will have common goals creating a successful outcome.