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Lewis King, SarahJane Cullen, Jean McArdle, Adrian McGoldrick, Jennifer Pugh, Giles Warrington, and Ciara Losty

ensure confidentiality and anonymity of female participants due to the low number of female jockeys competing in Ireland. Male and female jockeys experience the same racing demands and compete against one another in the sport of horseracing. Participants were on average 28 years old ( SD  = 2.9) and had

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engaged by horse-racing jockeys are suggested to impair physiological and mental health. Despite the unsatisfactory bone condition among jockeys, population-specific intervention programs to improve their bone health and nutritional habits are rare. The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of

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George Wilson, Dan Martin, James P. Morton, and Graeme L. Close

( Olmedillas et al., 2012 ), as opposed to low energy availability per se. While we acknowledge that the apprentice jockeys presented with considerably less race riding experience than their senior counterparts, it is noteworthy that apprentice jockeys are likely to be from horse-racing families and, hence

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Eric Tsz-Chun Poon, John O’Reilly, Sinead Sheridan, Michelle Mingjing Cai, and Stephen Heung-Sang Wong

fracture occurrence: A five-year follow-up study in elderly people . Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, 12 ( 7 ), 1075 – 1082 . PubMed doi:10.1359/jbmr.1997.12.7.1075 Cotugna , N. , Snider , O.S. , & Windish , J. ( 2011 ). Nutrition assessment of horse-racing athletes . Journal of Community

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Monica Klungland Torstveit, Ida Fahrenholtz, Thomas B. Stenqvist, Øystein Sylta, and Anna Melin

altered hormonal profile and elevated rate of bone loss are associated with low bone mass in professional horse-racing jockeys . Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism, 30 ( 5 ), 534 – 542 . doi:10.1007/s00774-012-0354-4 Fahrenholtz , I.L. , Sjödin , A. , Benardot , D. , Tornberg , Å

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Louise M. Burke, Graeme L. Close, Bronwen Lundy, Martin Mooses, James P. Morton, and Adam S. Tenforde

practices that may compromise health. Common methods to make weight include food restriction, prolonged sweating, and even forced vomiting, known in the horse-racing industry as “flipping” ( Dolan et al., 2011 ; Wilson et al., 2014b ). Jockeys typically consume inadequate diets ( Dolan et al., 2011 ; Poon

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Petter Fagerberg

, C. , Kelleher , G. , Byrne , B. , Tormey , W. , … Warrington , G.D. ( 2012 ). An altered hormonal profile and elevated rate of bone loss are associated with low bone mass in professional horse-racing jockeys . Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism, 30 ( 5 ), 534 – 542 . PubMed doi:10

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1 , SJ Cullen 1 1 Department of Sport & Exercise Science, South East Technological University 2 Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Limerick 3 Sport and Human Performance Research Centre, Health Research Institute, University of Limerick 4 Irish Horseracing Regulatory