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Injuries in professional horse racing in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland during 1992–2000
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  1. M Turner1,
  2. P McCrory2,
  3. W Halley3
  1. 1Jockey Club, 42 Portman Square, London W1H 6EN, UK
  2. 2Centre for Sports Medicine Research & Education and Brain Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia 3052
  3. 3The Turf Club, The Curragh, County Kildare, Eire
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Turner, Chief Medical Adviser, Jockey Club, 42 Portman Square, London W1H 6EN, UK;
 JOCKEYDOC{at}aol.com

Abstract

Professional horse racing is an exciting and demanding sport with high injury rates. Surprisingly few epidemiological studies have been published and no prospective studies have been reported. This paper reviews the literature and provides a detailed breakdown of injuries in Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland for 1992–2000. The introduction of protective equipment is discussed and evidence for its effectiveness put forward.

  • injuries
  • horse racing
  • jockeys
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