British Riders Encouraged To Consider Donating Brains For CTE Research

The Horse & Hound magazine in Britain issued a call this week for riders, including jockeys, who are believed to have suffered concussions, to consider donating their brains after death for ongoing research into chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Dr. Michael Turner, head of the International Concussion and Head Injury Research Foundation (ICHIRF), put out the call […]

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University Of Kentucky Researcher Working To Create Protocols For Head Injuries In Jockeys

Ask any jockey riding races if they’ve ever been hurt and you’ll likely get a laundry list of injuries they’ve incurred, including concussions. While a broken bone doesn’t often go unnoticed, concussions easier to overlook, and the cumulative effects of concussions can have a detrimental effect on a person’s life. This scenario has been in […]

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Report: NFL, Politics Could Be At Play In Funding Concussion Research In Jockeys

As debate continues to rage about the cause of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in human athletes, ESPN reports this week that research into the condition in jockeys is now part of the scientific and political storm. After promising $100 million to study concussions and CTE last year, the National Football League has now funded just one […]

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‘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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‘Algo Esta Mal Con Mi Cerebro:’ El Peligro Que Está Acechando De Conmociones Cerebrales Para Jockeys

The following is a Spanish translation of our article,’Something’s Wrong With My Brain:’ The Lurking Danger Of Concussions For Jockeys, which ran Dec. 30. It is our hope that offering the article in Spanish will better inform jockeys and exercise riders of the dangers associated with repeated head trauma, even if English is not their […]

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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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