The Danger of Concussions for Jockeys

The National Football League was not the only organization paying close attention to the release of the film Concussion over the holidays. Those in the racing industry acknowledge that jockeys may also be at risk for developing Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, a disorder caused by repeated head trauma. An article in the Paulick Report features research from Dr. Carl Mattacola, which he presented at this year's Jockey Club Welfare and Safety Summit, revealing that 8.6 percent of falls by jockeys during races from 2012 to 2015 resulted in concussions. Dr. Mattacola is Division Director and Professor in the UK College of Health Sciences Division of Athletic Training and the Rehabilitation Sciences PhD Program.

Read the full article by Natalie Voss.

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