Jockey care takes 'exciting step' forward
The acquisition of a DEXA scan machine by the Irish Injured Jockeys (IIJ) has been described as a "very exciting step in the care of our riders," according to Dr Adrian McGoldrick, the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Authority's chief medical officer.
The DEXA scan machine will be based at the RACE centre in Kildare town and will help the IIJ better monitor the health of jockeys, particularly around issues such as bone density and body fat.
The information gathered can also be used to "advise riders, where appropriate, to make a career change from Flat to National Hunt," according to Dr McGoldrick.
The IIJ believe the machine will help them better understand the requirements of jockeys and educate riders on nutrition and general well- being as part of a four-year study on riders' bone health.
The facility will also be open to members of the public who have a referral letter from their doctor.