Safety and education underpin all aspects of work undertaken by the Medical Department of the British Horseracing Authority. These are co-ordinated by Dr Michael Turner, the Chief Medical Adviser.
As a result of the initiatives introduced since 1992, jockeys riding today are far more aware of the levels of fitness and the dietary regimen required for race riding. In addition, the problems of returning to action too soon after injury are now clearly appreciated by all involved in the sport.
"Owners and trainers are worried if there is the slightest thing wrong with their horse," says Michael Turner, "but the jockey is expected to turn up an hour before racing and be 100% fit, every day a week for the whole season. A horse is allowed an off-day, but not a jockey because he runs the risk of losing his livelihood."
Horseracing's medical initiatives focus on the following. You can find out more about our work in these areas in our "What we do" area.