Jockey Health Conference PlannedBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · July 23, 2012
An international conference to address jockey health will be held September 15 and 16 at Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport, New Jersey. Nutritionists, doctors, and other experts will present medical and technological research findings that may improve the welfare and safety of jockeys. Although many organizations have discussed the welfare of racehorses, far fewer have focused on issues affecting jockeys during their riding years as well as the effects of injuries and strict weight-control measures on a jockey’s retirement years.
The conference is organized by the European Racing Medical Officers Group. The International Federation of Horse Racing Authorities will assist with administration. Racing industry professionals from Australia, Japan, South Africa, New Zealand, Hong Kong, the United States, and several European countries will attend sessions related to nutrition, race-day falls, safety equipment, concussions, trauma protocol, and special issues relative to a particular track’s regulations and operation.