The daughter of a co worker is a 19 year old jockey and exercise rider for thoroughbred racehorses. She is taking advice from older male jockeys and chose to do rapid weight loss right before a race rather than maintain a healthy, fit weight closer to her race weight. I’m looking for research or articles on the the impact this has on a young female body as well as articles with recommendations for nutrition and fitness programs specifically for female jockeys. This young lady is obstinate, part of what makes her good at what she does, but won’t listen to anyone when it comes to preparing and protecting her body for a long career. Anyone that has info or can point me toward resources would be greatly appreciated
Hello Jennifer Mercer,
Situations like this upset me, when people take advice from laymen instead of professionals in the field, without looking at the big picture.
Not to avoid your question, others have helped with what you ask, I suggest working on getting this person in the right mindset first. Otherwise, nothing you say or show will have any effect for the positive.
Remember, 19 year olds’ brains are not fully developed, yet, either, leading to unwise decisions. That is why this young woman needs you, so, please do not give up, continue looking for opportunities to leave printed articles where they will be found by her and work on her stages of change to move her forward.
You may also want to suggest that she see a registered dietitian. Are female jockeys available who can talk to her? If not, male jockeys should also be able to help if they speak about their injuries and health history; better than nothing. Get her into the reality check mode with those types of people; I know this is very difficult.
If need be; she may be the type who needs to learn for herself the hard way…hard to watch, but, only after you have exhausted all your options. Best of luck.
Natalie aka NAPS 2 B Fit.