Fall and injury incidence rates of jockeys while racing in Ireland, France and Britain

Injury. 2010 May;41(5):533-9. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2009.05.009. Epub 2009 Jun 13.


This article presents and analyses injury incidence rates for amateur and professional racing jockeys in Ireland, France and Britain by means of a retrospective study and review of published data. Amateur jump racing was seen to have the highest fall risk in these three countries (between 115 and 140 falls/1000 rides). Jump racing also had the highest rates of injury/ride amongst both amateur and professional jockeys. Flat racing, however, had the highest rates of injuries/fall (34-44%). Of all the injuries in both jump and flat racing populations of amateur and professional jockeys, 15% were concussive head injuries, and more than half of these involved loss of consciousness. Professional jump jockeys in Ireland fell less frequently than those in France or Britain. Their injury/fall rate and injury/ride rate were highest in Britain. Professional flat racing jockeys in France had the lowest rates of injuries/fall and injuries/ride, while those in Ireland had the highest.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls / statistics & numerical data*
  • Accidents, Occupational / statistics & numerical data
  • Animals
  • Athletic Injuries / epidemiology*
  • Brain Concussion / epidemiology
  • Brain Injuries / classification
  • Brain Injuries / epidemiology*
  • France / epidemiology
  • Horses*
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Injury Severity Score*
  • Ireland / epidemiology
  • Retrospective Studies
  • Sick Leave
  • United Kingdom / epidemiology