In addition to the high level of skill required to be a jockey, to be successful you need, among other things, good strength, balance, coordination, and of course the right bodysize and bodyfat level! Aerobic fitnes is requireed to maintain good posture and form. However, which of these are more important? Below is a discussion about the fitness requirements for jockeys, which can help with developing training programs for this sport, and for interpreting fitness testing results and determining the relative strengths and weaknesses of a jockey.
You Need to be small, light and co-ordinated
We have a poll about the component of fitness most important for success in jockeys. Out of the options of Body Size and Composition, Muscle Strength, Muscular Endurance, Power, Speed / Quickness, Agility, Flexibility, Balance and Coordination, and Cardiovascular Endurance, the factors which are considered most important by the readers of this site are body size and composition (30%) and balance and coordination (30%). You can add your vote too, and see the latest results.
You Need to be Skillful, Slight and Balanced
In a similar poll, we have asked people to rate the 12 factors of success for sports. Visitors to this site have rated each of these factors for the sport of jockeys, and the most important according to them are: bodysize and composition, skill and technique, and balance and coordination. You can also add your ratings of Which Factors Make Successful Jockeys, and see the latest results.
Most Important Factors for Success in Order of Importance (data from 2018)
4.1 Body Size and Composition
4.0 Skill and Technique
3.9 Balance & Coordination
3.8 Reaction Time
3.8 Motivation & Self Confidence
3.7 Aerobic Endurance
3.5 Analytic & Tactical Ability
3.5 Coping with Pressure Situations
3.4 Strength & Power
3.1 Speed / Quickness
Are You an Expert?
I have found that asking all site visitors for their opinion, while it is interesting, does not always lead to accurate results. We want to know what the experts think. If you consider yourself an expert in jockeys, go here to add your opinion.