In the midst of all the excitement of a trip to the horse race, it’s easy to forget the potentially serious consequences of jockey injuries. A day at the races can be a day of unforgettable fun. Even if you don’t strike it lucky with a financial windfall, it can still be a great experience.
However, that cannot always be said for the jockeys. Few sportspeople put themselves in such physical danger to the extent these athletes do. The consequences of a fall or another horse racing accident can be debilitating at best, tragic at worst.
What are the top 3 jockey injuries?
- Fractures and bone breaks: Considering the nature of horse racing, it’s no surprise to see this at the top of the list. Compared to other sporting accidents and injuries, it’s rare that a jockey emerges from serious racing accidents unscathed. Fractures and broken bones can be caused in a number of ways during a horse racing accident. Most commonly, they are caused by impact with the ground. Being thrown from a horse gives you precious little time to react and prepare yourself for landing. Even if a jockey is able to put their hands out in preparation, the velocity at which they are travelling is likely to lead to at least a fracture.
- Dislocations: Similar to the fractures and breaks outlined above, dislocations can easily occur from being thrown violently to the ground. Furthermore, a jockey may get their foot caught in the stirrups and seriously damage their ankle as a result. Alternatively, their fingers and hand could get twisted in the reigns. No jockey expects to fall off a horse, and during a race, they are focused on one thing – winning. This means they may be left unprepared for an accident until it’s too late.
- Muscle strains: Such is the focus afforded to the horses in a race, it’s often forgotten just how much strain the jockeys put their bodies through. Straining every sinew for the smallest advantage can be the difference between a big win and a disappointing defeat. Their bodies are often contorted into unnatural positions, which can easily lead to muscular injuries.
Making a claim
Of course, jockeys are also entitled to expect every reasonable measure to be taken to ensure their safety. Sporting accidents that arise from neglect may be subject to injury compensation. Call Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 for more information.
Date Published: April 18, 2017
Author: Accident Advice