jockey concussions

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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Equipment, Concussion Protocols Part Of Schedule For Jockeys’ Guild Annual Assembly

The Jockeys’ Guild Annual Assembly, sponsored by Betfair USA, will bring together Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse jockeys from around the country December 11-12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This year’s assembly will feature panels that will benefit not only jockeys, but racetracks and horsemen’s organizations as well by addressing safety concerns and raising […]

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New Zealand: Family Of Jockey Who Committed Suicide Hope To Shed Light On Head Injuries, Mental Health Issues

Less than a decade ago, Cody Singer was an up-and-coming young jockey who was beginning to find success on New Zealand’s jump circuit. In 2012, he captured the Grand National Steeplechase at Te Rapa Racecourse. By 2014, Singer was forced to hang up his tack after doctors advised him not to ride anymore after suffering […]

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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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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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U.S. Racing Lags Behind Sports World On Concussion Protocol

Dr. Carl Mattacola, director and professor of the University of Kentucky’s Graduate Athletic Training Program, has provided a roadmap for the horse racing industry to join the rest of the sporting world and get serious about concussions and the risk of progressive brain injuries, including chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. Mattacola laid out the plan […]

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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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