concussion

University of Kentucky Study Helping Jockeys And Horses

The  University of Kentucky Sports Medicine Research Institute launched the Jockey and Equestrian Initiative (JEI) in 2018 after a pilot study sought to create baseline protocol for concussion testing in jockeys.  With a mission “to optimize health, wellness and performance for the equestrian athlete through research,” one of the core values of the JEI is to […]

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Lumpy, Bumpy Legs: Is It A Popped Splint?

Small metacarpal and metatarsal bones on each side of the cannon bone that run from the knee to just above the fetlock, commonly called “splint bones,” are the remnants of prehistoric equine toes. Horses can damage their splint bones in multiple ways, including from poor conformation, repeated concussion, direct trauma and poor farriery. Damaged splints […]

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‘Living My Dream’: Jockey Dean Butler Carries On At 48

Dean Butler doesn’t mind if you think he’s hard-headed for continuing to ride Thoroughbreds at 48. Basically, he agrees. “I’ve had nine concussions in my career. My head has taken a pretty good beating,” said Butler, who was born and grew up in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Butler was named to ride three horses today, but […]

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CHRB Proposes New Regulations Regarding Jockey Concussion Protocols

The California Horse Racing Board conducted its regular meeting Thursday, January 24, at Santa Anita Park. Vice Chair Madeline Auerbach presided. Commissioners Dennis Alfieri, Fred Maas, Debra Reed-Klages, and Alex Solis also were in attendance. The audio of this entire Board meeting is available on the CHRB Website (www.chrb.ca.gov) under the Webcast link. In brief: […]

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Gulfstream Jockeys Complete Baseline Tests For New Concussion Protocol

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 […]

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Martin Garcia Out Of Hospital, Requires Doctor’s Clearance Before Riding

Jockey Martin Garcia was released from the Huntington Memorial Hospital on Thursday, reports drf.com. Garcia was involved in a spill at Santa Anita on Wednesday, and was treated for a concussion. The jockey will be taken off his mounts this weekend, and it is uncertain when he might return to the saddle. “I’m going to have […]

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What Makes A Helmet Safe?

Gone are the days of simple hard plastic with a velveteen outer layer. Nowadays, helmets are held to a much higher standard of safety testing. They’re more aerodynamic and better padded, without adding extra weight, and they are stylish so riders will want to wear them. The safety of every ride is the main goal […]

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Training On Hard Tracks Could Cause Injury To Harness Horses

Harness horses race on much harder tracks than Thoroughbreds, and while these tracks may have some benefits, a new study shows they also increase risk of injury. Researchers used diagnostic imaging on twelve 3-year-old Standardbred racehorses to look for damage to ligaments, tendons, muscles and bones. Dr. Nathalie Crevier-Denoix and colleagues followed the Standardbred racehorses, […]

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New York Horsemen Donate $15,000 Toward Concussion Study

The New York Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association has donated $15,000 to fund a New York Institute of Technology study on concussion and helmet safety. “The Computational Assessment of Helmets and Concussion,” led by Dr. Milan Toma, will collect data on jockey head protection through simulation testing of various helmet designs. This data will be shared with […]

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Jockeys’ Guild: Management’s ‘Disregard’ For NYRA Jockey Colony ‘Troublesome’

The Jockeys’ Guild released the following statement on Monday, May 14, regarding Saturday’s incident prior to the races at Belmont Park: On Saturday, May 12th, the entire jockey colony at Belmont Park, including Jockeys’ Guild Chairman John Velazquez, as well as Guild Senate members who regularly ride at NYRA tracks, Javier Castellano, Jose L. Ortiz, […]

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