Background: It has been previously shown that professional jumps and flat racing jockeys suffer a high incidence of injury as a consequence of their profession. This paper specifically examines the career ending injuries to professional jockeys in Great Britain.
Aims: To investigate career ending injuries in professional jockeys.
Method: Prospectively collected injury database on professional jockeys.
Results: The majority of injuries in this study occurred to the head, shoulder or torso. Fractures are the most common type of injury which led to a career ending decision, followed by neurological injury to the head and/or spine.
Conclusion: Injuries to the head are the most common career ending injury and consideration of injury counter measures may be an important strategy in equestrian sports.
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