Research Impact: The first study to investigate the physical preparation strategies of jockeys, the findings provide a unique insight into the lifestyle and training of professional jockeys. Jockeys are working an average 34 weekly hours in addition to racing multiple times a week with no specified off season. Some of the key findings include that over half of the studied population (n=85) experience difficulty managing their weight with 67% of jockeys rapidly reducing their body weight at least once a month. The amount of weight loss is significantly different between jump and flat jockeys. Strength and conditioning is practiced by 42% of the cohort with time constraints cited as the leading reason for non-participation. The current population, it appears do not partake in an adequate level of physical preparation to meet the physical demands and high intensity nature of racing.
Kiely, M., Warrington, G., McGoldrick, A. and Cullen, S., 2020. Physical Preparation Strategies of Professional Jockeys. The Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research. DOI: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000003514