Please note that due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis and following the advice issued by the Irish Government on the 12th of March, we have decided to suspend the face to face jockey pathway services until further notice. 

    Phone sessions for Sports Psychology & the Dietitian can still be arranged during this period. To schedule an appointment with the pathway Dietitian please text Gillian directly on 087 4128798. To schedule a Sports Psychology appointment please text 085 7106984.

    We have added a Career Support & Transition service to the Jockey Pathway which will be delivered by Fran O'Reilly, Fran will be available to work with Jockeys who may be experiencing difficulties in their current role due to a lack of opportunities, those who may be nearing the end of their career in the saddle and are starting to plan for a career transition, and those who are unable to ride due to injury. If you are interested in availing of the Career Support & Transition service please send an email [email protected] or call Patrick Ryan on 085 7106984 for further information or to arrange an appointment.

    Wayne Middleton, the Pathway Strength & Conditioning coach, has prepared some videos of simple exercises you can try at home, please scroll down to view.

    John Butler from the John Butler Sports Injury Clinic delivers an on-course physiotherapy service, John can be contacted at the office on 091 767473 or on mobile at 086 3015043. The updated on-course schedule will be posted here as soon as it is available.

    If you have any queries of require further information please email [email protected] or call 085 7106984Full details of all the Pathway services available are outlined at the foot of this page:



       

         

      • Getting back on track with your diet

        The Jockey Pathway Dietitian, Gillian O'Loughlin, has put together a presentation of helpful tips for getting your weight control back on track, included is a sample shopping list as well as a five day meal plan. The presentation can be downloaded by clicking on the button below:

      • Preparing for a return to race riding

        The IHRB Senior Medical officer, Jennifer Pugh, and Press Officer, Niall Cronin, in conjunction with the Jockey Pathway team, Gillian O'Loughlin, Wayne Middleton, Ciara Losty, Mikey Kiely, & John Butler have have very kindly put together a series of videos to help riders prepare for the return of race riding 

         

      • Friday Night Racing with the Jockey Pathway on Off The Ball

        Ger and Johnny from Off The Ball chat with Sports Psychologist Dr Ciara Losty about her work with the Jockey Pathway. In addition to her work with the Pathway Ciara is a lecturer in Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology in WIT. This interview was recorded during the COVID-19 crisis and Ciara speaks about the importance of keeping structure to your day, being kind to yourself, and having reasonable expectations.

        If you are an Irish based professional jockey and would like to arrange an appointment with Ciara please send an email through to [email protected]

        Ger and Johnny from Off The Ball speak to Dietitian Gillian O'Loughlin about her work with the Jockey Pathway. Gillian is a Dietitian Manager with the Health Service Executive, in this interview she speaks about the introduction of the Race-day Catering Guidelines for Irish racecourses which will ensure that riders have access to healthy meals and snacks between races. Gillian also talks about the other research projects which are ongoing in relation to jockey health and well-being.

        To schedule an appointment with Gillian please text 087 4128798.

        Strength & Conditioning coach speaks about his experiences of working with Irish Jockeys through his work with trainee jockeys in RACE and with the professional riders via the Jockey Pathway. Wayne talks about how racing is a weight classification sport and how he aims to work with riders to ensure that they maintain a healthy weight while at the same time being fit and strong.

        Wayne runs group classes from the RACE gym on a weekly basis, individual one to one sessions can also be arranged. Due to the current COVID-19 crisis the face to face classes are not available, however Wayne has prepared some simple exercises for you to try at home, please scroll down to view. If you would like further information in relation to Waynes S&C service please email [email protected] and you can text Wayne directly on 083 3133450

        The IHRB Senior Medical Officer, Dr Jennifer Pugh was on with Ger and Johnny on Friday Night Racing of Off The Ball. Jennifer speaks about her role in Irish Racing, her own experiences as an amateur rider, the work of the jockey research group, and what was learned from racing behind closed doors during the COVID-19 crisis.

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      • News

        • PART 1 - 'The winners enclosure' - a very interesting read in today's @ExaminerSport 30th July 2018, as Daragh O'Conchuir @RebelDevil71 goes behind the scenes of the Jockey Pathway - a programme set-up to offer support structures for jockeys - read full article here

        • PART 2 - Read the second part of the exclusive behind the scenes look at the Jockey Pathway Programme in todays  @ExaminerSport 31st July 2018,  Daragh Ó Conchúir @RebelDevil71 finds that the changing mindset towards physiotherapy and sports psychology is already changing lives of young Irish riders for the better - read full article here

        • My Racing Story - Read a piece from irishracing.com with the Jockey Pathway S&C coach Wayne Middleton - read the full article here

      • Service Overview

      • The Jockey Pathway career support & transition service will be delivered by Fran O'Reilly of Amaze.ie. Fran is a Development of Potential Expert and Head Coach at Amaze Limited, a limited Irish company who specialise in the development of potential within business leaders, sales professionals, executives and teams, elite sportspeople and professional musicians.

         

        Fran will be available to work with Jockeys who may be experiencing difficulties and/or lacking motivation in their current role due to a lack of opportunities, those who may be nearing the end of their career in the saddle and are starting to plan for a career transition and those who are unable to ride due to injury.

         

        If you are interested in availing of career support and transition services please send an email through to [email protected] or call 085 710 6984

        Wayne Middleton is the jockey pathway strength and conditioning coach. Wayne will deliver weekly group sessions to include the following:

        • Initial functional movement screen and assessment to evaluate any injury or movement deficiency.
        • Testing of physical strength and fitness.
        • Weekly detailed strength and conditioning programme to include work to be carried out in the jockeys own time. Emphasis on safe and high quality movement and technique.
        • Regular assessment to monitor progress or lack of.
        • Receive regular jockey feedback to help improve the delivery of the programme
        • Individual one to one sessions can also be arranged if necessary.

        Wayne will liaise with the physiotherapist as part of the injury prevention and rehab protocols; he will also be in contact with the dietitian, Gillian O’Loughlin, to ensure any weight control issues are addressed. To schedule an appointment please email [email protected] or call 045 455488.

        The pathway dietitian is Gillian O’Loughlin, the leading expert in nutrition for jockeys in Ireland, carrying out research in the health and performance of jockey’s since 2003. She will be familiar to many of you as she has been working with jockeys of all levels from pony racers to professional jockeys.
        Her role is to give support to jockeys providing tailored dietary advice to enhance their health and performance, assist them to make weight the healthy way, increase muscle mass and decrease body fat to enhance riding performance or to aid in the recovery process from injury.
         
        The initial consultation will include;
        • Measurement of weight and height
        • Body fat testing
        • Hydration testing
        • Assessment of current dietary practices
        • Individually tailored meal plan – based on foods liked by the jockey.

        The jockey will be encouraged to attend follow up sessions to monitor their progress and to keep a food diary which will be analysed to provide more detail on their nutrient intake. 

        Once a month there will be a talk on various nutritional topics e.g. nutrition to improve performance, what to eat before and after racing, how to lose those final few lbs before racing, diet to improve bone health in jockeys, what to eat when injured , practical tips on making weight the healthy way, how to shop on a budget, shopping tours and much more!

        Gillian will be available every Wednesday evening from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, to schedule an appointment with Gillian please text 087 4128798.

        The pathways sports psychologist will be Dr Ciara Losty. Dr Losty has worked extensively at the highest levels of elite sport (Olympic level). The goal of any interactions that Dr Losty will have with Jockeys is to ensure that ultimately, a jockey can consistently demonstrate the psychological skills necessary for optimum performance. There are many ways sport psychology can help jockeys including, but not limited, to the following:

        • Enhance performance
        • Cope with the pressures of racing
        • Recover from injuries
        • Increase motivation 
        • Promote healthy self-esteem 
        • Education in key mental health issues

        Dr Losty will be available every second Thursday, starting on the 21st of September, from 5:00pm to 9:00pm. To schedule an appointment please email [email protected] or call 045 455488.

        John Butler from the John Butler Sports Injury Clinic delivers an on-course physiotherapy service, John can be contacted at the office on 091 767473 or on mobile at 086 3015043. The updated on-course schedule will be posted here as soon as it is available. The services delivered will include the following:


        • Comprehensive assessment & diagnosis of new injuries/complaints
        • Physiotherapy treatment as required (manual techniques, dry needling, ultrasound, taping, soft tissue techniques)
        • Education on injury prevention and management
        • Assessment for muscle imbalances/strength deficits and injury predictors
        • Review referrals from on-track service provider for a more comprehensive assessment.
        • Development & implementation of rehabilitation programmes
        • Development of injury prevention programmes in conjunction with the S&C coach.

         

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