Latest Injury Report Released
Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) has released the Greyhound Racing Injury Report for the April 2017 to June 2017 quarter.
The report indicates that there has been a decrease in the total number of racing injuries in NSW in the three month reporting period compared to the previous quarter.
The total number of greyhound racing injury incidents during the quarter was 21.7 per 1000 race starts whereas the previous quarter had an injury rate of 28.2 per 1000 starts.
Like the previous quarter, more than 75% of injuries between April and June were ‘Minor’ (eg abrasions or mild lacerations) or ‘Medium’ (eg ligament sprains, skin lacerations).
Injury rates at Richmond have improved compared to the previous quarter. The Richmond club has been working closely with GRNSW to enhance their track maintenance program, including increased monitoring of the sand profile.
Injury rates at Tamworth improved markedly as well.
Maitland, meanwhile, had a reduction in ‘Major’ (eg bone fractures) and ‘Catastrophic’ (eg severe trauma, complex fractures) injuries, but did record a concurrent increase in ‘Medium’ category injuries.
Injury rates at Dapto increased. In response to the increase in injuries during the quarter, GRNSW undertook a track inspection and undertook a track renovation in July following on from the inspection.
GRNSW continues its ongoing work on preventing injuries associated with racing.
Earlier this year, GRNSW released the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) report into greyhound race track design which made 11 wide-ranging recommendations on how to improve greyhound race track design and in turn improve greyhound safety and welfare outcomes.
GRNSW is working on implementing the recommendations from the report, and to date has undertaking a trial of six dog races in the Northern Rivers and, last week, called for expressions of interest from clubs to conduct straight track race meetings.
GRNSW has also commissioned UTS to undertake Phase II of its project to analyse race track design and injury data and provide advice on how track design can have an impact on injury rates.
Phase II will extend the injury data collected in Phase I to include other jurisdictions, evaluate the effectiveness of changes to track layouts in reducing the frequency and severity of injuries, and recommend parameters for optimal track design. This will allow the enhancement of existing tracks as well as the better design of new tracks. The study is expected to take three years to complete, at a cost of $975,000.