Brain Awareness Month | Trauma Void


March is Brain Awareness Month and to celebrate we asked the riders of Team Trauma Void to share with us the reasons they buckle up before every ride. These ladies do a fabulous job advocating helmet usage and representing our brand. We’re always inspired to hear from them and are humbled that we get the opportunity to work together to push the helmet industry forward. Read why Jordan Fellers, Anna Weniger, Catie Staszak, Tara Jones, and Augusta Lord believe in the importance of helmet usage and practice safe riding habits.

I’m excited about this blog. If it could change even just one person’s mind to take helmet usage more seriously, it would be well worth it. Obviously it’s my hope that more than just one person gets converted to an avid-all-the-time-helmet-user, nevertheless, any convert is a win in my book.

Our brains are so valuable and perform incredible tasks like telling us when to breathe, helping us remember that embarrassing story from middle school, or sending a message through our body to be able to put down our heels.

 Some might say that I grew up on the back of a horse, so I know (and have experienced) accidents happen. We can do things like learn how to emergency dismount, ride in groups, desensitize our horses, and so much more to minimize these risks. However, we aren’t we doing everything we can to minimize the health risk associated with the unexpected spook or fall. At Trauma Void, we believe in our riders and we believe that each of us can make a difference. A difference to propel the industry forward to a space where helmets never stop improving and riders never stop buckling up. Below are a few things our ambassadors have to say about helmet usage:

“My helmet is more than an accessory or piece of equipment. Outside of my horse, it's my greatest ally when I'm in the saddle. Helmet safety and concussion protection is critically important to me. My father has Parkinson's Disease, a result of concussions he sustained while playing professional hockey. I love that Trauma Void helmets employ MIPS, which is also being implemented in the NHL and other professional sports. I ride in a Trauma Void helmet to honor an important family cause and to protect my greatest asset, my brain!”

-Catie Staszak

“Why do I wear a helmet every single time I ride? I’ll start with a little background. In addition to being a dressage rider & trainer, I work full time as an actuarial analyst at a finance company. Shout out to those of you who know what an actuary is! For those of you who don’t know, an actuary is a risk management professional. We are experts on identifying risks and managing them. 

While the risks I handle as an actuarial analyst are mostly financial, I handle a different type of risk as a rider. Every time you step into your stirrups, you are exposed to a plethora of risks- no matter how quiet, old, or bombproof your horse is. Wearing a helmet is the best way to mitigate the risk of serious head injury. I specifically choose to ride in Trauma Void helmets because they provide the additional safety features of the MIPS system, which reduces rotational motion to the brain during an impact. This further mitigates the risk of a serious head injury. 

Long story short, when I ride with a helmet on, I’m essentially just doing my job- managing risk!”

 – Augusta Lord

“I wear a helmet because it only takes one wrong step to lead to a life-altering traumatic brain injury. I’ve been lucky enough not to be seriously hurt in a fall, but I’ve had enough close calls to know that anything can happen. You can’t know for certain that your horse will never spook, bolt, or trip and fall. I have grown up always riding in a helmet thanks to my parents’ good influence, but I remember the days when helmets were a rare sight at shows. I’m proud to be working with Trauma Void to move towards a world where every rider wears a well-fitting helmet, every day. Best of all, Trauma Void helmets outstrip the competition in safety testing thanks to their incorporation of MIPS technology. Strapping on a Trauma Void helmet gives me the confidence I need to focus on my ride while knowing that my head is safe.”

-Anna Weniger

"I wear a helmet for many reasons - One, because I really love the life I live, and want to do my best to protect it as much as possible! I'm a neuro/trauma critical care nurse, and I've just seen too many preventable injuries from un-helmeted accidents (horse-related and other). These injuries can be fatal and can be equally as devastating when they're not fatal. I know that sounds dark, but the way a brain injury can alter your quality of life, and change your family's life as well, is too serious to be taken lightly. I won't ride in any other brand than Trauma Void, and I encourage everyone else in my barn to as well! It's the top of the line when it comes to safety ratings, it's equipped with MIPS technology (which is a huge advancement in helmets), and they look classy! What else could you ask for?"

-Jordan Fellers

"I have been a professional trainer for over 20 years. It is important to bring awareness to not only wearing helmets under saddle, but within hand work, and groundwork too. Some of my major injuries have been from accidents handling horses on the ground. Polite manners need to be taught. It is always a good idea to protect your eyes, as well as your head. I began wearing the Lynx helmet last year, and I don't train without it now. The comfort level, MIPS technology, and protection it offers have given me added confidence to do my job to the best of my ability. It is important to me as well to be a role model for younger generations. Wearing a helmet is in fact a choice, but one of the best choices handlers, trainers, and riders can make, I choose Trauma Void."

-Tara Jones

What’s your reason? Help us with the #helmetevolution by sharing your story on social media using the hashtag #safetystartshere.