Penn National Race Course announced a new partnership with software company HeadCheck Health, Inc. that will equip all staff with a customized system for optimizing concussion and injury management for jockeys within and between racetracks.
HeadCheck is a secure HIPAA compliant system that aims to 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.
Since 2019, HeadCheck–covered in the TDN this March–has worked with various industry stakeholders, customizing its platform to address numerous jockey health issues. Though the program took a backseat to challenges related to COVID-19, HeadCheck has been continuing to adapt the system to be ready for expansion.
“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.”
“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.