USEF Prohibits Use of Helmet Cameras [Update: Banned at Galway Downs]

Maya Black and Doesn't Play Fair at Plantation Field. Photo by Jenni Autry. Maya Black and Doesn't Play Fair at Plantation Field. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The USEF has made an announcement today that the use of helmet cams has been prohibited at all USEF licensed and/or endorsed competitions. This ban is pending the completion of an independent expert report examining the safety impact of using the devices.

Shortly after British Eventing announced the suspension of the use of helmet cams due to research showing that safety may be compromised by, competitors at Fair Hill were informed that helmet cams would not be allowed during competition.

British Eventing released a statement after the announcement of their ban that the decision came after researchers pointed to a helmet cam as the possible cause of a ski competitor’s helmet shattering, resulting in a brain injury.

As more information on the safety study is released, we will provide more information. In the meantime, you’ll want to tuck your helmet cams away until further notice.

Update: Galway Downs announced in this afternoon’s rider meeting that the event has banned helmet cams in all divisions, no exceptions, per the request of the USEF and FEI.

[Announcement from the USEF Regarding the Use of Helmet Cameras]

[British Eventing Statement]

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