HISA introduces national concussion protocol for jockeys

By: Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority

Posted: Oct. 26, 2023

The Horseracing Integrity and Safety Authority Oct. 26 said it has introduced United States Thoroughbred racing’s first-ever recommended national concussion protocol for jockeys.

Under HISA’s Racetrack Safety Program, racetracks are required to implement a concussion protocol for jockeys. HISA’s recommended protocol would become mandatory for all racetracks under HISA’s jurisdiction when and if the Federal Trade Commission approves proposed changes to its Racetrack Safety rules submitted in late September.

The national concussion protocol is available here.

HISA’s national concussion protocol was developed in consultation with leading experts to protect the health and safety of jockeys across the country and brings racing in line with the nation’s other major sports, all of which have uniform concussion management protocols. The new protocol also incorporates the digital concussion management platform HEADCHECK, first used at some Mid-Atlantic racetracks several years ago, into its reporting process.