Thursday, March 8, 2018

Protecting a Different Breed of Sportsmen

Being the Baltimore region, horse racing holds a special place at the Pimlico track and Laural Park. Horse racing can be a dangerous sport: the jockeys weigh 105-120lbs and the horse weighs 1,200 lbs, with the horse running 40 mph!

Along with the Baltimore Ravens, Washington Nationals, Washington Capitals, and US Lacrosse, MedStar Sports Medicine is also the official medical team of the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen’s Association and Maryland Jockey Club, under the name of The Horsemen’s Health System. The partnership was established in 2015.

Not having known much about the sport, I found the video below full of information, showing the great work both of our clinicians and researchers with the racetrack staff. Concussion testing is important for other contact sports, so it’s great that we are translating our research into another sport! Andy Lincoln, ScD, MS, has been taking his research in concussion testing to create evidence-based protocols to protect and treat jockeys.

Check out the video to learn more about this partnership and the great work we are doing!

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