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Injuries in amateur horse racing (point to point racing) in Great Britain and Ireland during 1993–2006
  1. Ganesh Balendra1,
  2. Michael Turner2,
  3. Paul McCrory1,
  4. Walter Halley3
  1. 1University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  2. 2Chief Medical Advisor, Horseracing Regulatory Authority, London, UK
  3. 3Chief Medical Officer, The Turf Club, The Curragh, Co. Kildare, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to:
 P McCrory
 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia;p.mccrory{at}


Objectives: To provide a breakdown of injury incidence from amateur jump racing (also known as point to point racing) in Great Britain and Ireland during 1993–2006 and to compare the injury epidemiology with professional horse racing in Great Britain, Ireland and France.

Design: Retrospective review.

Setting: Great Britain and Ireland.

Participants: Amateur jockeys.

Main outcome measures: Injury rates.

Results: Injury data suggest that point to point racing is more dangerous from an injury point of view than professional jump racing, which has previously been shown to be more dangerous than flat racing. Amateur jockeys have more falls than their professional counterparts, and this in turn puts them at greater risk of sustaining more serious injuries.

Conclusions: Amateur (point to point) jockeys represent a sporting population that previously has been little studied. They represent a group at high risk of injury, and hence formal injury surveillance tracking and counter measures for injury prevention are recommended.

  • LOC, loss of consciousness

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  • Published Online First 29 November 2006

  • Competing interests: None declared.