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Career-ending injuries to professional jockeys in British horse racing (1991–2005)
  1. G Balendra1,
  2. M Turner2,
  3. P McCrory1
  1. 1
    University of Melbourne, Australia
  2. 2
    Jockey Club (UK), London, UK
  1. Paul McCrory, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia; p.mccrory{at}unimelb.edu.au

Abstract

Background: It has been previously shown that professional jump and flat racing jockeys suffer a high incidence of injury as a consequence of their profession. This paper specifically examines career-ending injuries to professional jockeys in Great Britain.

Aims: To investigate career-ending injuries in professional jockeys.

Method: Analysis of prospectively collected injury database on professional jockeys.

Results: The majority of injuries in this study occurred to the head, shoulder or torso. Fractures were the most common type of injury that led to a decision to end a career, followed by neurological injury to the head and/or spine.

Conclusion: Injuries to the head are the most common career-ending injuries, and consideration of injury counter measures could be an important strategy in equestrian sports.

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  • Competing interests: None declared.

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