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
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
This is and will be a struggle for all generations. You have the hindsight of experience. She has the perception of indestructibility we all had in our youth.
You may need to find a peer she respects who is wise and willing to guide her. That is no small task.
It’s a tough job where weight really matters. I would steer her toward long term safe solutions to weight management. Height also matters a lot and if it’s unrealistic to maintain a certain weight at her height I would be upfront with her on that too. Good luck on this tough one!
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