Concussion in Sport is part of an international, multi-sport study into concussion and its long-term effects. It is a collaborative project with existing and on-going research in Australia, Switzerland and the USA. Through impartial, objective analysis of a significant pool of data, Concussion in Sport will work together with its international partners to establish whether there is any correlation between repeated concussion and long-term damage or degenerative conditions that effect the brain.
“The safety and wellbeing of both our current and former members is one of the fundamental objectives of the PFA and we consider this research to be an important step in helping to achieve this objective. This research focusing on concussion and evaluating the long term effects of repeated head traumas on participants in contact sports will hopefully enable current injury management systems for such injuries to be further improved.”
“This is a vital piece of work for all sportsmen and women who participate in contact sports where there is a risk of head injury. If through the Concussion in Sport research project we can understand the long-term effects of concussion then it also will help and improve how we manage and treat concussion when it happens.”
Since retiring as a jockey in 1999 he has travelled extensively and undertaken expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic. In 2003 he competed in the inaugural Polar Race to the Magnetic North Pole and in 2008 he completed an unsupported expedition to the South Pole, travelling around 700 miles on skis. Besides sport, adventure and travel, he has always been passionate about photography and in 2011 he signed up to a nine month intensive photojournalism course at the Spéos Photographic Institute in Paris.
In Spring 2013 his work took him to Guatemala, India, Pakistan and Egypt to photograph the challenges facing The Brooke Hospital for Animals and a successful exhibition (his first) of the resulting images of working equines and their owners was held in January 2014 at St Martin’s in the Fields in London. He covered the highly popular Mongol Derby for the third consecutive year in 2014, and recently photographed the “Patient’s Journey” for Channel 4’s “Supervet,” Noel Fitzpatrick. His images have appeared in publications around the world including Tatler, Four Seasons Magazine, Outside and How to Spend It.
Photo by Laurence Squire
“The Turf Club fully supports the objectives of Concussion in Sport. We consider it to be one of the most important research projects ever launched with its focus on concussion. We would actively encourage as many jockeys as possible to support the work and participate in the research.”