Weight management and weight loss strategies of professional jockeys

Moore, Jan, Timperio, Anna, Crawford, David, Burns, Cate and Cameron-Smith, David 2002, Weight management and weight loss strategies of professional jockeys, International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 1-13.

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Title Weight management and weight loss strategies of professional jockeys
Author(s) Moore, Jan
Timperio, Anna
Crawford, David
Burns, Cate
Cameron-Smith, David
Journal name International journal of sport nutrition and exercise metabolism
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 13
Publisher Human Kinetics Publishers
Place of publication Champaign, IL
Publication date 2002
ISSN 1526-484X
1543-2742
Summary Jockeys are required to maintain very low body weight and precise weight control during competition. This study examined the weight loss and weight management strategies of professional horseracing jockeys in the state of Victoria, Australia. An anonymous, self-completed questionnaire was administered (55 % response rate, n = 116). Almost half (43 %) reported that maintaining riding weight was difficult or very difficult, with 75 % routinely skipping meals. In preparation for racing, 60 % reported that they typically required additional weight loss, with 81 % restricting food intake in the 24 hours prior to racing. Additionally, sauna-induced sweating (29 %) and diuretics (22 %) were frequently employed to further aid in weight loss prior to racing. These rapid weight loss methods did not differ between the 51 % of jockeys who followed a weight management plan compared to those who did not. The impact of these extreme weight loss practices on riding performance and health remains unknown.

Language eng
Field of Research 111199 Nutrition and Dietetics not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Human Kinetics Publishers, Inc.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001713

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