Champion jockey James McDonald says he won’t ride for the next month after doctors ruled an injury suffered in a race fall was worse than first thought.
James McDonald was dislodged from his mount Razors in a fall on Wyong Cup Day last Friday, but was permitted to ride the first Saturday of spring the following day.
James Mcdonald was cleared of any breaks but complained of pain in a foot and shoulder.
James Mcdonald was took to X on Tuesday afternoon to reveal he’d be sidelined for the near future.
“Many thanks for all your support and well wishes after my fall at Wyong on Friday,” James Mcdonald wrote.
“I’ve since had more scans that have unfortunately revealed the injury was more severe than first thought.
“Doctors have advised me I’ll need to take the next month off riding to recover and hopefully I’ll be back for the remainder of the spring.”
Racing NSW later revealed the injury to be a left foot fracture for James Mcdonald.
In horse racing, jockeys like James Mcdonald are at risk of various injuries due to the high-speed and unpredictable nature of the sport. Some common injuries include:
To combat the risk of injuries, jockeys from a young age like James Mcdonald undergo rigorous training and adhere to strict safety protocols.
Training includes exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and balance, as well as practicing riding techniques and race strategies. Safety protocols may include wearing protective gear such as helmets, body armor, and padded vests.
Additionally, James Mcdonald and all fellow jockeys must follow rules and regulations set by racing authorities to avoid suspension. Some common rules include:
Maintaining a good working relationship between jockeys and trainers or syndicators is crucial for success in the racing industry. Jockeys rely on trainers and syndicators to provide them with quality horses to ride, while trainers and syndicators depend on jockeys to ride their horses skillfully and competitively.
Effective communication, mutual respect, and trust are essential for achieving shared goals and maximizing performance on the racetrack.
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