A examine funded by the Racing Basis has discovered that with the proper vitamin and train program, jockeys could make weight safely with out having to compromise on meals. 

Carried out by Dr. George Wilson at Liverpool John Moores College with a five-year funding dedication from the Racing Basis, the examine will likely be printed on-line within the Worldwide Journal of Sport Diet and Train Metabolism later this month. 

The examine concerned testing the physique composition, resting metabolic fee, hydration standing, and dietary habits of 23 male skilled jockeys in Britain to type a baseline, earlier than offering them with a customized train and dietary program. 

After annual retesting, it was discovered the jockeys had considerably diminished their physique fats, whereas sustaining lean muscle mass, and considerably improved their hydration, regardless of growing the frequency of meals and snacks. 

Franny Norton was one among a number of high-profile jockeys to participate within the examine and he mentioned: “In the event you’d requested me a couple of years in the past, I might have mentioned that horseracing is 10 years behind in vitamin and train science. This work at LJMU, which is funded by the Racing Basis, has fast-tracked our understanding of those points, which means racing is beginning to meet up with different sports activities.


“It has been implausible for us jockeys, because the weighing room mentality in the direction of making weight is altering and jockeys are beginning to perceive their our bodies higher. Since I began on this system, I’ve had my greatest years of using. I rode greater than 100 winners in a yr since following this system.”

Talking of the significance of the examine, Dr. Wilson mentioned: “It demonstrates that jockeys can enhance physique composition and preserve these enhancements over a five-year interval for making race weight, and might accomplish that in free-living circumstances the place acceptable instructional steerage on weight-reduction plan and train has been supplied.”