Horse racing officials update concussion protocols to include onsite medical professionals

Thoroughbred racing’s Association of Racing Commissioners International (ARCI) updated its concussion protocol for jockeys on April 6, requiring a medical professional to be onsite to diagnose such injuries.

The Jockeys’ Guild, the trade association representing professional jockeys, lobbied for the change. The ARCI update was to its “model rule,” meaning it’s a nation-wide recommendation but actual policy is left to facilities in different jurisdiction.

The rule also includes guidelines for clearing jockeys to compete after suffering a concussion.

Cathy O'Meara, coordinator of the Racing Officials Accreditation Program, said the move will put horse racing in line with the National Collegiate Athletics Association's policy for outdoor sporting events.

Read more about the move at the link below.