International Jockey Concussion, Safety and Wellness Conference

October 9 - 11, 2024

Fasig Tipton

2400 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY



Why you should attend

Presented by HISA and the Jockeys’ Guild, this conference will focus on mental wellness, concussion, and medical issues affecting athletes, particularly Thoroughbred jockeys and participants in other equestrian sports. It will include distinguished international speakers, featuring Dr. Margot Putukian, Chief Medical Officer at Major League Soccer and Dr. Steve Broglio, Director of the University of Michigan Concussion Center and the Neurotrauma Research Laboratory.

Target Audience

  • Medical Professionals
  • Racetrack Safety Directors
  • EMT and First Responders
  • Racetrack Management
  • Racing Industry Stakeholders
  • Jockeys and Their Families
  • Medical Professionals and Academics

Continuing Education

Please email Niki Robb if you are interested in receiving continuing education credits for this conference.


International Jockey Concussion, Safety and Wellness Conference

Oct 9 - 11, 2024

Fasig Tipton

2400 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Opening Reception

The Thoroughbred Club of America 3555 Rice Road, Lexington, KY

7:30 - 8:30 AM

Registration and Breakfast Buffet Open

8:30 - 8:45 AM

Welcome Remarks

Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY)

8:45 - 9:30 AM

A Review of the International Consensus on Concussions

Dr. Margot Putukian

Chief Medical Officer, Major League Soccer
9:30 - 10:15 AM

The Landscape Surrounding Athlete Health and Concussions

Dr. Steve Broglio

Director of the University of Michigan Concussion Center and the NeuroTrauma Research Laboratory
10:15 - 10:45 AM

Coffee Break

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

The Crucial Connection Between Brain Health and Nutrition

Jockey Nutrition: A Discussion

Dr. Shae Datta

Vice Chair of the American Academy of Neurology’s Sports Neurotrauma Section

SarahJane Cullen

Associate Professor in Sport and Exercise Physiology at Dublin City University and Research Coordinator of the Irish Jockey Research Programme

Gillian O’Loughlin

Sports Dietitian, Irish Horse Racing Jockeys

Dan Martin

Head of Nutrition, Premier League football team; Head of Performance Coaching, Formula 1 team; and Private Nutrition Consultant, individual horse racing athletes
12:00 - 1:30 PM


Professor Kelly Crace

Associate Vice President, Health and Wellness at William & Mary University
1:30 - 3:00 PM

How Equestrian and Other Sports Can Work Together on Concussion Prevention and Management

Dr. Mark Hart

Chief Medical Officer and Team Physician, US Equestrian Federation, and Chair, Medical Committee, International Equestrian Federation

Dr. Cindy Lin

University of Washington Clinical Endowed Professorship in Sports and Exercise Medicine

Dr. Dan Han, PsyD

Director, Division of Neuropsychology at UK HealthCare
Moderated By

Dr. Pete Hester

Orthopedic Surgeon and HISA National Medical Director
5:00 - 7:00 PMEvening Social Events

Castle & Key Cocktail Hour

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Breakfast Buffet

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Overview of Programming

9:15 - 9:45 AM

A Frank Conversation about Mental Health with Top Jockeys

To be announced

9:45 - 10:15 AM

Coffee Break

10:15 - 11:45 PM

Mental Health in Elite Athletes: A Primer

Social Media Impact on Athlete Mental Health

Dr. Claudia Reardon

Professor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Marc Cormier

Sports Psychology Director, University of Kentucky
Moderated By

Ashley Samson

Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, University of Kentucky College of Education
11:45 - 12:00 PM

Closing Remarks

Lisa Lazarus

HISA Chief Executive Officer

Terry Meyocks

President/CEO, Jockeys’ Guild
12:00 - 5:00 PM

An Afternoon of Racing at Keeneland (optional)






Spouses/partners of conference attendees who wish to join for only the hospitality portions of the programming are welcome to purchase a reduced-price ticket.




A block of rooms is reserved at the Marriott Griffin Gate, Lexington, KY for $249 per night. Please call the hotel directly at 859-231-5100 and request a room under the “HISA Conference” block.

Please contact Niki Robb at 859.699.8709 with any questions.