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The horseracing industry’s perception of nutritional and weight-making practices of professional jockeys

Martin, D and Wilson, G and Morton, JP and Close, GL and Murphy, RC (2017) The horseracing industry’s perception of nutritional and weight-making practices of professional jockeys. Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise. pp. 1-15. ISSN 1939-845X

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Abstract

The present paper provides a qualitative study exploring perceptions of nutritional and weight-making practices of professional jockeys, as reported by key industry stakeholders. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 26 participants, including professional jockeys (n = 10), racecourse clerks (n = 7), jockey agents (n = 2), racehorse trainers (n = 3) and jockey coaches (n = 4). Via thematic analysis, data provided an insight into the industry-specific factors influencing current nutrition practices amongst jockeys. A perceived lack of industry-wide nutrition education, combined with conflicting views over the recognition of jockeys as athletes act as barriers to optimal nutrition and wellbeing support associated with other sports. The development of an industry-specific education platform for jockeys would equip them with the knowledge to make independently informed choices and the applied skills to implement better nutrition strategies, in the absence of industry support.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Qualitative Research in Sport and Exercise on 13th June 2017 available online: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/2159676X.2017.1340330
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1106 Human Movement And Sports Science, 1608 Sociology
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV561 Sports
Divisions: School of Sport Studies, Leisure and Nutrition
Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2017 08:46
Last Modified: 25 Sep 2017 08:49
DOI or Identification number: 10.1080/2159676X.2017.1340330
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6703

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