NYRA Programs to Assist Injured Jockeys

from the New York Racing Association

The New York Racing Association has put into place the InCompass Solutions’ Jockey Health Information System and its own Jockey Medical Advocate Program.

Conceived by Keeneland and created in collaboration with InCompass, The Jockey Club Technology Services Inc., the Jockeys’ Guild, and Keeneland, the Jockey Health Information System is a secure online database that stores jockeys’ updated medical histories and makes it possible for emergency medical personnel at racetracks to instantly access that information in the event of injury.

Following the successful launch of the system at the recent Keeneland fall meet, NYRA is adopting the new system.

In addition, starting with the Oct. 29 opening of the Aqueduct fall meet, NYRA instituted the Jockey Medical Advocate Program, which is designed to assist jockeys taken to area hospitals after an accident. Under the program, a registered nurse serving as jockey medical advocate will be on call during all NYRA races.

In the case of injury, advocate will meet the injured rider at the hospital to ensure that he or she is well cared for, and assist both jockey and family members with medical and administrative matters.

“NYRA is committed to the health and welfare of these athletes, and these two important new programs demonstrate that support,” said David Smukler, NYRA senior vice president of human resources and labor relations. “We very much appreciate the leadership of The Jockey Club and Keeneland in developing the Jockey Health Information System and are proud that, along with our Jockey Medical Advocate Program, we’ve taken significant steps forward in supporting the health and welfare of these jockeys.”

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