EEG studies on riders

for the benefit of both horse and rider

The use of digital, quantitative electroencephalographic (EEG) techniques is increasing our knowledge of the workings of the brain. EEG studies are playing an increasingly important role in research and our understanding of movement and physical exercise. In certain areas of the brain, significant changes in frequency distribution are apparent in the periods before and after physical exercise.  Unexpected changes in the attitude (the physical positioning) of the body are also shown to take place.   Appropriate training programmes can be used to develop automatic compensatory movements in riders following loss of balance. This not only brings about a reduction in stress and anxiety whilst in the saddle, but also promotes a general feeling of physical assurance in everyday life.

Using EEG studies, we are able (for example) to evaluate and optimise the effectiveness of rider training programmes and associated equipment.  

Brainwave activity of a rider in the stressed condition
Brainwave activity of a rider in the unstressed condition