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Safety and education underpin all aspects of work undertaken by the Medical Department of the British Horseracing Authority. These are co-ordinated by the BHA Chief Medical Adviser, Dr Jerry Hill.

Responsiblities of the Medical Department:

  • Injury Monitoring
  • Raceday Medical Care
  • Drug Testing of Jockeys
  • Medical Standards for Fitness to Ride
  • Jockey’s Protective Equipment
  • Racecourse Physical Therapy

Concussion Bounty

If you suffer a concussion whilst racing under Rules (which involves a red entry) the British Horseracing Authority will offer Jockeys an £80.00 voucher for the purchase of a replacement helmet.

The bounty applies to all helmets that conform to the following criteria:

  • Meet standards PAS 015: 2011, SNELL E2001,VG1 01.040 2014-12 or UTAC/CRITT 04/2015
  • Have a CE marking (if manufactured after 30 June 1995)
  • Be in a serviceable condition

The damaged helmet must be sent through to BHA Chief Medical Advisor at The British Horseracing Authority, 75 High Holborn, London WC1V 6LS before the bounty voucher is issued.

Frequency of Medical Examinations

All Riders

Upon initial application a Medical Report from applicant’s own General Practitioner (GP).

Full Flat Jockeys

Medical Report from applicant’s doctor at 25, 30, 35, 40 and 45 years of age. Upon reaching 48 years, annual examination by the BHA Chief Medical Adviser (CMA) but not own GP unless otherwise advised by CMA.

Full Jump Jockeys

Medical Report from applicant’s GP at 25, 30 and 35 years of age. Upon reaching 37 years, annual examination by the BHA Chief Medical Adviser (CMA) but not own GP unless otherwise advised by CMA. Under current British Medical Association Guidelines, the Jockey’s General Practitioner is likely to charge a fee. This is the responsibility of the Jockey.

No fee will be payable by the Jockey when annual examinations are carried out by the Chief Medical Advisor.