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Race-Day Catering in Professional Horseracing: Does Current Provision Facilitate Weight Management and Riding Performance?.

Martin, D, Wilson, G, Close, GL, Morton, JP and Murphy, RC (2017) Race-Day Catering in Professional Horseracing: Does Current Provision Facilitate Weight Management and Riding Performance?. EC Nutrition, 12 (1). pp. 3-17.

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Abstract

The present paper provides a qualitative study exploring the perceptions of the horseracing industry on weighing room food provision in the UK. Semi-structured interviews were conducted on professional jockeys (n = 10), racecourse clerks (n = 8), jockey coaches (n = 4), jockey agents (n = 2) and racehorse trainers (n = 3) to establish their views on the quality and conduciveness of pro- vision in relation to the demands of the sport. Despite some good practice in the selection of foods provided for jockeys, themes de- scribed a consensus that further improvement of the current provision is required. Specifically, improvement to the quality of foods in terms of fresh and nutrient dense options versus frozen and high calorific value foods, as well as their ability to facilitate weight- making and riding performance. Developing a system of greater governance from regulatory bodies to ensure compliance with these standards was suggested. Similarly, the role of the caterer on race-days was debated with most deemed inexperienced and unaware of the difficulties of weight-making by jockeys. Based upon findings and suggestions throughout the narrative, key recommendations for the industry are 1) the development of minimum catering standards to be embraced by all UK racecourses with regulatory oversight, and 2) preliminary training for catering staff to educate them on the lifestyle and weight-making pressures of professional jockeys. These recommendations may assist jockeys in their performance and weight-management strategies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Jockeys; Horseracing; Nutrition; Catering; Qualitative Researc
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sports & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: ECronin
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 08:26
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2019 08:26
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/11495

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