Jockeys are required to have strength, cardiovascular fitness and specific handling skills because of the strenuous nature of their profession. They are required to spend numerous hours honing their skills and preparing horses for racing, with their days typically starting around 4am every morning up to seven days a week.
Professional jockeys face pressure to maintain a low body weight in order to participate in their sport. Failure to "make weight" for a given race can lead to fines and suspensions, or simply missing races. For jockeys who have trouble maintaining their weight at the required levels, professional advice from a sports dietitian is very important. A sports dietitian can design a personalised program, tailoring nutrition advice to the specific needs of the sport and hectic lifestyle.