The Jockeys Injury Notification Procedure sets out a clear step by step procedure for contacting a jockey’s Next of Kin and providing further support should a jockey be taken to hospital. It also makes provision to ensure that property of any injured jockey who is taken to hospital is looked after and returned.
Jockeys who suffer an injury at a racecourse on a raceday will be seen by the RMO (Racecourse Medical Officer) on duty who will register details of the injury. The following steps should then occur if the jockey needs to be transferred to hospital:
- The RMO will call the IJF Almoner for that racecourse. A representative of the racecourse will also call the PJA and the jockey’s Next of Kin to inform them of transfer to hospital.
- The IJF almoner will contact the jockey or person accompanying the jockey via call or text within an hour of receiving the call from the Racecourse or as soon as practicable otherwise. The PJA will also text or call the jockey.
- The PJA will then liaise with the relevant IJF almoner.
- If there’s no response from the injured jockey within 4hrs, the IJF almoner will call the A&E nurse and leave contact details.
- All Jockeys likely to be in hospital for more than two nights should be offered a visit by representative of the PJA or IJF.
Filming of Falls for Jockeys Transferred to Hospital
As soon as the PJA becomes aware of a jockey being transferred to hospital, as soon as practicable, a record clip of the fall will be texted to the jockey in question. If the jockey has gone accompanied to the hospital, the PJA will endeavour to get their contact details and send them a clip also.
Non Racecourse Injuries
Any jockey who is unable to race ride as a result of an injury or illness must notify the BHA Medical Department as soon as it is practically possible. This is a mandatory requirement and applies to any injury, regardless of where or when it happened – schooling, car accident, playing soccer etc.
BHA Injury List
Jockeys who are injured will appear on the BHA’s Injury List which is checked daily by PJA office and the PJA will text all new red entries.
Injured jockeys are lucky to have access to a team of experts at the Injured Jockeys Fund who can provide a specialist rehabilitation programme to help them return to riding as quickly and safely as possible. For further information or to book an appointment, visit the IJF website.
Return To Riding
After any serious injury or illness, clearance to return to race riding involves a simple 3 stage process. Full details can be found in the BHA Return to Riding Protocol .
For jockeys who have suffered a concussion, once they are symptom free on exercise, they can then contact the Medical Department at the BHA on 0207 152 0138 to arrange a post-concussion review.