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Maryland, Delaware Officials Partnering With HeadCheck Health To Track Jockey Injuries

MedStar Health, in conjunction with Delaware Jockeys Health and Welfare Fund (DJHWF), and  Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association (MTHA), have announced a new partnership with software company HeadCheck Health to launch an industry-specific electronic injury tracking system with a focus on optimizing concussion safety and medical care at racetracks. Horse racing is one of the most dangerous sports […]

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Ryan Urges Tracks To Take A Good, Hard Look At Medical Protocol – And Not Just For Jockeys

In summer 2017, a groom collapsed in the paddock at Laurel Park while leading a horse, stricken by a heart attack. While the people immediately around him panicked, racetrack security knew exactly what to do – they called for a medical doctor to the paddock, and Dr. Kelly Ryan of Medstar Sports Medicine responded. Ryan […]

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Fourteen Takeaways From The 2018 Jockey Club Welfare And Safety Summit

The Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation hosted its eighth Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit June 27 at Keeneland, with speakers touching off on disaster preparedness, jockey safety, equine injury, and Thoroughbred aftercare. Here are a few things I didn’t know before attending this year’s event: Detail matters in disaster planning. Obviously, the San Luis […]

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Jockeys’ Guild Looking To Advance Safety Issues At Annual Assembly

The prime focus of this year’s Jockeys’ Guild Assembly, Dec. 11-12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, will be on those safety issues which threaten riders’ lives and well-being. Countries such as Ireland, Great Britain, France, Australia and Hong Kong are ahead of the United States in terms of safety standards for jockeys, including […]

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‘They Just Want To Ride’: Small Changes In Scale Of Weights Have Big Impact On Jockeys’ Health

Somewhere in a corner of the jockeys’ room at Santa Anita Park hangs an old set of forgotten silks. Veteran rider Mike Smith thinks they’re only about 20 years old, but when a few other jockeys found them and tried them on, the silks didn’t fit. “I think society in general is different and we […]

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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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