Gulfstream Jockeys Complete Baseline Tests For New Concussion Protocol

by | 12.28.2018 | 5:31pm
Gulfstream Park's championship meet ends on Sunday, with a spring and summer meet to follow

Baseline testing was conducted on jockeys Friday at Gulfstream Park as part of its concussion protocol procedures.

The tests, used to assess an athlete's balance, memory skills and ability to focus and solve problems, were conducted by members of Baptist Health South Florida and Dr. Michael Swartzon, who works with the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League, Miami-Dade Public Schools and the Florida Panthers of the National Hockey League.

Jockeys provided medical histories, answered questions and were provided information on concussions and symptoms associated with head injuries.

“The health of our athletes, both human and equine, is a priority for us,” said Gulfstream's General Manager Bill Badgett. “By establishing baselines we can be well prepared with the necessary information and data in case one of our riders has an accident in the morning or afternoon. It's also important that we all understand the symptoms and warning signs of head injuries.”

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