Britain: Research Reinforces Need To ‘Treat Jockeys As Elite Athletes’

by | 07.11.2017 | 10:36am

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced the publication of the first phases of a number of major research and related education projects to help understand the impact on the physical mental and well-being of riders of a career in racing.

The initiatives continue the agenda being driven by the BHA's Chief Medical Adviser Dr Jerry Hill that jockeys are elite athletes and should have the lifestyles, support, education and fitness to match.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today announced the publication of the first phases of a number of major research and related education projects to help understand the impact on the physical mental and well-being of riders of a career in racing.

The initiatives continue the agenda being driven by the BHA's Chief Medical Adviser Dr Jerry Hill that jockeys are elite athletes and should have the lifestyles, support, education and fitness to match.

Dr Jerry Hill added:

“The research carried out by Dan Martin and Liverpool John Moores confirms many people's belief that as an industry we need to better support jockeys, trainers and racecourses in providing information about the vital importance of good diet and nutrition to improve well-being, reduce injury and improve performance.

“The #JockeyAthleteDiet campaign is one of the first visible outcomes of our nutrition research, which we hope will have a positive impact. It is intentionally hard-hitting and focuses on emotive subjects such as so-called ‘flipping' and dehydration. Our objective is to show our jockeys that “there is a better way”, which will be the campaign's strapline”.

Paul Struthers, Chief Executive of the PJA, said:

“A lot of progress has been made in this area thanks to the work of and support offered by the team at Liverpool John Moores University, the IJF and the PJA's own Nutrition Team. There is also increased focus on nutrition and fitness as a result of changes implemented out of the Jockey Training & Development Strategy, and last year saw the launch of the #JockeyMatters series of videos produced by JETS in partnership with the PJA.

“However, the initial phase of Dan's PhD clearly demonstrates that much more still needs to be done and his ongoing work will be hugely important in shaping that enhanced education and provision”

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