Irish Injured Jockeys- Study on Bone Health

  • Cullen, Sarah Jane (Principal Investigator)
  • Dunne, Arthur (Team Member)

Project Details


Horse racing is a unique and demanding weight-restricted sport which imposes considerable lifestyle challenges on jockeys. The difficulty achieving the low stipulated racing weights and the previously reported associated impact on compromised physiological function and health is a growing concern for the horse racing industry. This project aimed to investigate the body composition and bone density of jockeys, and to develop and evaluate industry specific nutrition education strategies. Worrying trends of sub-optimal BMD and poor body composition are suggested in professional jockeys. The study identified modifiable risk factors that practitioners and the horse racing industry can use to improve the health, safety and well-being of jockeys. Practical contributions were also offered to industry practitioners with body composition normative data, novel jockey-specific skinfold prediction equations and a bespoke nutrition knowledge questionnaire for jockeys.
Effective start/end date01/01/201831/12/2021


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