More retired riders are urged to help in health study.
Byline: Bill Barber
THE team behind a study examining the health consequences of a riding career in horseracing has renewed its call for help from retired jockeys.
The three-year venture between Oxford University and the racing industry, which has received more than PS220,000 in funding from the Racing Foundation, is aiming to improve the health and welfare of jockeys and stable staff who ride out.
Injuries sustained by professional jockeys during their careers is the focus in the first part of the study and so far 75 retired jumps jockeys and 40 retired Flat jockeys have filled in questionnaires for use by the research team.
Any retired jockeys who have not already completed a questionnaire but would be willing to help are being urged to contact the research team by calling 01865 233407 or 07470 911037, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Former champion jockey Willie Carson said: "We know racing is a high-risk sport, so understanding both the risks for injury in current jockeys and the long-term problems in retired jockeys is incredibly important. This research will improve our knowledge and help racing to look after its jockeys."
The questionnaire is available in hard copy, online or can be completed over the phone.