Jockey motion tracking reveals racing prowess

March 26, 2015 1:11 PM

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A research team from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) is using motion tracking technology to try to establish the optimal riding position for jockeys, as well as enhance the performance of racehorses and reduce the risk of injury to both horse and jockey. The project, entitled "Apprentice to Journeyman: the influence of jockey technique on thoroughbred racehorse locomotion", is analyzing the riding style of more experienced jockeys compared with novice riders to try to determine if the technique differs significantly between the two skill levels.

The research team, led by Dr Thomas Witte from the RVC's Structure & Motion Laboratory, initially collected data using jockeys on a racehorse simulator in the lab. For this first phase of the study, the team were looking at how the body of the rider is displaced by the movement of the simulator. The...

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