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Jockey Injuries in the United States

EXCERPTS: Journal of American Medical Association article March 2000.

“The most frequent location where injury events occurred was entering, within, or leaving the starting gate (35.1%).”

“Of all head injuries, 29.5% occurred entering, within, or leaving the starting gate.”

“Injuries to the upper and lower extremities most commonly occurred at the starting gate.  Fifty-two percent of leg and foot injuries occurred when entering, within, or leaving the gate. Of these leg and foot injuries, 36.6% resulted from the jockey being crushed and 27.2% resulted from the jockey being flipped and pinned by the horse.”

“The starting gate and the homestretch/finish line were the most common sites for injury events.  Jockeys and horses are emotionally and physically charged at these locations.  The starting gate contains an excitable horse and mounted jockey in a small, confined space, which presents great opportunity for the jockey to be crushed against a rigid surface by the horse.  Injuries incurred when entering or in the gate may be reduced by padding or altering the shape of the gate…”

This report resulted from a four-year study of all reported jockey injuries that occurred during official races from January 1, 1993 to December 31, 1996 at US professional racing facilities

Waller, Anna E. et al. “Jockey Injuries in the United States.”

Journal of American Medical Association Vol. 283, No. 10 (2000): 1326-1328

 

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