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Monday 15 July 2019

70pc of jockey injuries are to head

Stock photo: AFP/Getty Images
Stock photo: AFP/Getty Images

Lynne Kelleher

Seven out of 10 injuries suffered by jockeys who fall from their horses are to the head, a study has found.

Racing is the only sport in which an ambulance follows competitors around the course due to the risk of injury every time jockeys go on to the track.

The research, which analysed 216 helmets from horse racing accidents involving professional and amateur jockeys in Ireland, Britain and the US, found injury reports were made for 88pc of the falls.

Seven out of every 10 injuries were to the head of the jockey, with concussion the most common condition as a consequence of the accidents.

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