‘You Don’t Want To End Up Like Me’: Former Jockey Suffering From Chronic Head Trauma Denied Financial Assistance

In late 2015, a feature published on the Paulick Report detailed the story of retired jockey Gwen Jocson, who was diagnosed with neurological damage as a result of numerous head injuries suffered during her riding career. Jocson’s story came just as mainstream media (and Hollywood) were facing the ugly reality that a degenerative brain disorder […]

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Jockeys’ Guild Assembly: Diagnosis, Management Of Head Injury Still Challenging

The Jockeys’ Guild held its 2016 Annual Assembly in Las Vegas Dec. 12-13 with a program focusing on a variety of health, safety, and welfare topics for riders. The following is a list of a few takeaways from the series of informational sessions: Unsurprisingly, head injuries are a major source of concern among jockeys, and […]

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Correct Diagnosis Key To Concussion Recovery

Equestrian sports have traumatic brain injury-related death rates more than seven times that of other contact sports like football. This is about 60 deaths a year that are related to equine sports. Many of these deaths can be due to an inaccurate concussion diagnosis, says Riders4Helmets. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), a concussion […]

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Concussion Protocols: Maryland Jockey Club On The Forefront

So far, new concussion protocols put in place by the Maryland Jockey Club have resulted in three jockeys taking forced time off from racing, reports the Baltimore Sun. Put into place last September, the rules are that every jockey experiencing a fall must be examined by a team of physicians, all with ample head trauma […]

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Report: Female Jockeys Four Times As Likely To Experience Concussion

The Injured Jockeys Fund has released several figures from a study which suggest that female riders are four times as likely to have experienced concussion as their male counterparts. The IJF is encouraging female jockeys to participate in the research, according to “It is such an important subject,” said IJF chief executive Lisa Hancock, […]

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‘Something’s Wrong With My Brain’: The Lurking Danger Of Concussions For Jockeys

When Gwen Jocson retired from racing in 1999, she had ridden 763 winners to earnings of over $7 million. In 1991, still an apprentice, she finished the year with 376 wins, which remains the single-season record for a female jockey and which placed her third by victories that year behind Pat Day and Russell Baze. […]

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New Technology Aims To Keep Riders Safe

A new tool designed to be worn on a rider’s helmet is capable of sending an alert when a rider should be assessed for a concussion. When attached to the top of a helmet, Impakt Protective’s Shockbox helmet sensors can assess both the linear and rotational acceleration, as well as the direction of a hit […]

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Head Injuries, PDJF Funding Topics at Jockeys’ Guild Assembly

An internationally recognized concussion expert on Monday encouraged horse racing to implement the ImPACT protocol for head injuries being used by the National Football League and other sports leagues. Dr. Mark Lovell addressed the Jockeys’ Guild during its annual meeting in South Florida, also telling members that new sensory jockey helmets would soon be available. In addition […]

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Genaro: U.S. Still Has a Long Way to Go Toward Jockey Safety

Head injuries are a much-talked about issue in today’s world of sports, but American horse racing may have a lot of work to do in that respect. “The U.S. lags at least a decade behind Great Britain in its approach to concussions suffered by riders,” writes Teresa Genaro. Britain has required annual neuropsychological testing in […]

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