Connect with us

Horse Racing

BHA makes physiotherapists move



It’s been a long time coming, but the BHA (British Horseracing Authority) has announced that the majority of racing fixtures throughout the remainder of 2019, will require the presence of physiotherapists.

The move is backed by the RCA (Racecourse Association), as well as the PJA (Professional Jockeys Association), who hope that this will bring improved outcomes for jockeys requiring medical attention following a race.

The move is intended to provide physiotherapy facilities at more than 90% of scheduled racing fixtures, increasing it from its former 60% level. It follows attempts by all of the major racing bodies to improve and enhance the medical provisions for jockeys at race meetings and is supported by grants from the HBLB (Horserace Betting Levy Board).

The intention is for the physiotherapy provision to continue into next year and hopefully to become part of the racing rulebook. However, this will require further approval from HBLB. But the objective is to ensure that every jockey has access to a qualified professional physiotherapist at every racing fixture throughout the UK.

It’s anticipated that racecourse physiotherapy professionals will put in an appearance at over 1,300 racing fixtures a year.

They will work alongside other medical professionals at each race meeting, helping to treat both chronic and acute injuries, as well as offering preventative advice to enable jockeys to avoid problems in the future.

The Chief Medical Adviser for the British Horseracing Authority, Dr Jerry Hill, has expressed his thanks to the HBLB for the additional funding, some of which is to put towards new equipment for the physiotherapy teams.

He spoke of the importance of physiotherapists as an important aspect of many professional sports fixtures, such as rugby and football, and hoped that they would now be viewed as being an essential part of racing too.

According to the new racing rules, two medical officers must be present at all flat meets, with three being required to attend jump racing. Additionally, one nurse must also be present, together with two ambulance crews for flat races and three ambulance crews for jump races.

They will now be joined by physiotherapists at all remaining race meeting this year.

I have written for a number of sports based publications in the United Kiingdom for the last 20 years including many different genres, mainly football and horse racing which includes the Premier League and the Cheltenham Festival. Follow me on Twitter or my linkdin profile.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.


Birmingham FC Birmingham FC
Football1 month ago

Birmingham City v Ipswich Town live streaming, tv channel and match preview

Wayne Rooney, the newly appointed manager of Birmingham City, has unfortunately faced defeat in his first three matches at the...

get leeds on TV get leeds on TV
Football1 month ago

Leeds United vs Huddersfield Town : Fans give live streaming verdict

Leeds United are poised as clear frontrunners for tomorrow afternoon’s match against Huddersfield Town. The squad is eager to redeem...

Leicester City Leicester City
Football2 months ago

Live – Watch Leicester City v Sunderland streaming

Leicester are 1/2 to record their 12th win in 13 league outings this season against Sunderland, who are 9/2 to...

west ham football west ham football
Football2 months ago

How and where to watch Aston Villa v West Ham live streaming on TV

Aston Villa aim to extend their impressive streak at Villa Park as they host West Ham, a team with a...

Brentford Brentford
Football2 months ago

Betbuilder for Brentford v Burnley

The league standings can be deceptive, and that’s certainly the case for Brentford, who undeservedly find themselves in the bottom...

man city man city
Football2 months ago

Manchester City v Brighton Bet Builder – Haaland amongst the goals?

The general sentiment among Etihad supporters is a deep respect for Roberto De Zerbi’s Brighton. The Italian maestro remains unwavering...

Newcastle Utd Newcastle Utd
Football2 months ago

Newcastle Utd v Crystal Palace live streaming EPL game

Crystal Palace are set to face off at St James’ Park, but they might be missing two pivotal players. Eberechi...

liverpool FC liverpool FC
Football2 months ago

Liverpool v Everton Bet Builder

Premier League fervor kicks off at Anfield with the season’s inaugural Merseyside Derby. Liverpool‘s impressive season start positions them as...

wales football wales football
Football2 months ago

Wales v Gibraltar live streaming news

Wales are the favored team in the upcoming football match against Gibraltar this Wednesday evening. Many predict a strong performance...

west ham football west ham football
Football2 months ago

Aston Villa v Zrinjski live streaming Europa League on TV

After a 3-2 setback against Legia Warsaw in their opening match, Aston Villa feels the heat as they approach their...

We are committed in our support of responsible gambling. Recommended bets are advised to over-18s and we strongly encourage readers to wager only what they can afford to lose. If you are concerned about your gambling, please call the National Gambling Helpline on 0808 8020 133, or visit Further support and information can be found at GamCare and

Copyright © 2023 | 18+

About Us | Contact Us | Authors | Privacy Policy | Cookie Policy | Terms and Conditions| Help & FAQ | Editorial Policy
All odds are correct at time of publishing and are subject to change.