Penn National Enters Partnership To Help Jockeys

Horse Racing Radar
Frisco Bash
Frisco Bash is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Thursday, June 10, 2021

Penn National Race Course is now partnering with HeadCheck Health, Inc. to establish a more reliable system of protection for jockeys at their racetracks.

HeadCheck Health Inc. is a software company who is clear and determined about its mission: to prevent mismanaged head injuries and provide tools for detecting suspected concussions. The improvements come by way of innovative communication and monitoring.

This is an important action-step by Penn National both for our riders and the longevity of the sport. Adopting the new partner's modern, digital, and centralized approach could be attractive enough to become the universal industry standard.

"The implementation of the HeadCheck program by racetracks in the region is an important step toward protecting the health of jockeys," said Aaron Gryder, Vice President, Industry Relations, 1/ST RACING. 

"As a retired jockey myself, I see the HeadCheck program as a key solution for elevating the standard of care by creating consistent medical and head-health monitoring for our athletes."

What is HeadCheck? By its manufacturer's own description, it is a secure HIPAA compliant system that will improve track management by allowing clear and immediate communication of suspected injuries and jockey health status. This program will help ensure nothing slips through the cracks and all jockeys receive appropriate care before returning to ride.

"We are proud to be joining this initiative and committed to the health and safety of our jockeys," added Eric Johnston, Director of Racing Operations at Penn National Race Course.

For more information on the basic initiative, visit their website here

Or you can direct your questions to Mr. Eric VanderHelm by sending an email to: [email protected] or call (604) 373-0035.

Source: Headcheckhealth, Thoroughbred Daily News

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