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Predictors of race-day jockey falls in jumps racing in Australia


Hitchens, P and Blizzard, L and Jones, G and Day, L and Fell, J, Predictors of race-day jockey falls in jumps racing in Australia, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 43, (3) pp. 840-847. ISSN 0001-4575 (2011) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.aap.2010.11.003


Thoroughbred jumps racing jockeys have a fall rate greater than their flat racing counterparts. Previous studies have focused on factors that contribute to falls by horses but, to date, there has not been a study of risk factors for falls to jockeys in jumps races. Data on race-day falls were extracted from stipendiary stewards reports lodged with Principal Racing Authorities following each race meeting. Denominator data were provided by Racing Information Services Australia on races conducted from August 2002 until July 2009. Univariable and multivariable analyses, estimating incidence rate ratios, were conducted using Poisson regression. In multivariable analysis in hurdle racing, important predictors of falls were higher club level, larger field size, greater prize money, provisionally licensed jockeys and older jockeys. There were significant interactions between jockey licence and prize money; jockey age and previous rides this meeting; race grade and race distance; horse age and field size; and club level and field size. In steeplechase racing, important predictors were type of jump with lowest fall rates in races over Mark III jumps compared to standard fences, provisionally licensed jockeys, jockeys having had previous rides at a meeting, and larger field size. There were significant interactions between the number of previous starts by the horse and field size; race distance and prize money; and race distance and previous rides this meeting. This study has identified factors for falls in jumps racing that could form the basis for targeted strategies to improve occupational health and safety standards.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Epidemiology; Incidence; Injury; Jockey; Horse
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Epidemiology
Research Field:Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Occupational health
UTAS Author:Hitchens, P (Ms Peta Hitchens)
UTAS Author:Blizzard, L (Professor Leigh Blizzard)
UTAS Author:Jones, G (Professor Graeme Jones)
UTAS Author:Fell, J (Associate Professor James Fell)
ID Code:69824
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:19
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2011-05-20
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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