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NSA protecting its athletes
Jump jockeys subject to baseline testing for concussions following falls
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When a jockey parts company with a mount, no longer is it a matter of the rider getting up and preparing for the next race. A fall or lost rider in a sanctioned National Steeplechase Association race triggers an immediate evaluation by a trained physician, who looks at not only potential physical injury that might keep the rider from performing properly but also administers a cognitive test to protect against concussion. The concussion testing and detailed medical emergency procedures are only two of the many protections mandated by the NSA Board of Directors, which regards the safety of horse and rider as its top priority.