Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Racehorses Test New Del Mar Polytrack Surface

July 13, 2007

Thoroughbreds tested Del Mar's new artificial surface for the first time Thursday, working out over the track ahead of next week's opening of the 43-day summer meeting.

The $9 million Polytrack, a mixture of sand, fibers, rubber, and wax, was... Read More

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17-Year-Old Racehorse Gets New Job as Ambassador

July 12, 2007

If 17-year-old Thoroughbred Alpena Magic has any magic left, he'll have to share it with kids and not on the racetrack.

The horse was sold by owner Kenneth Robinette to Ellis Park track president Ron Geary on Wednesday. Geary scratched Alpena... Read More

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Key Hong Kong Olympic Equestrian Facilities Complete

July 12, 2007

The Hong Kong Jockey Club said July 7 that it has completed all key venues for the 2008 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic equestrian test events as scheduled. The project had been achieved, from initial planning to completion, in less tha... Read More

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FEI President Elected to International Olympic Committee

July 11, 2007

Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein, president of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI, the international body governing equestrian sport) was elected as a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) July 7. The election took place... Read More

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New Barbaro Film in the Works

July 11, 2007

Apparently, there is no end to the nation's appetite for all things Barbaro. At least, Universal Pictures hopes there isn't. The Hollywood studio has acquired the screen rights to "Gone Like the Wind," an article written about the 2006 Kentucky... Read More

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Environmental Contamination Necessitates Leeway in Post-Race Cocaine Testing

July 11, 2007

The prevalence of a common metabolite of cocaine in the environment has created a need for the allowance of a minimum concentration of the substance in post-competition race testing, according to Fernanda Camargo, DVM, and Tom Tobin, DVM, PhD,... Read More

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Floods, Tornadoes, Ice Storms: 2007 a Rough Year in Kansas

July 10, 2007

The first half of 2007 has been one to forget for many Kansans as blizzards, deadly tornadoes, and now flooding have caused millions of dollars in damage, disrupted lives and put a dent in the state's economy.

Of the state's 105 counties,... Read More

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Derby Winner War Emblem Has Another Fruitless Season at Stud

July 09, 2007

After five years of trying to coax Kentucky Derby winner War Emblem into performing regular breeding duties, Shadai Stallion Station officials might be reaching the limit of their patience with the horse they purchased for about $17... Read More

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Polysaccharide Storage Myopathy

July 09, 2007

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, professor of large animal medicine and director of the University of Minnesota's Equine Center discussed PSSM at the AAEP Convention 2006. The disorder causes muscle pain, stiffness, and cramping, and some horses... Read More

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Diagnostic Approach To Equine Muscle Disorders

July 07, 2007

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, professor of large animal medicine and director of the University of Minnesota's Equine Center, began the in-depth seminar on muscle disorders by discussing diagnosis of muscle disorders, beginning with a careful... Read More

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Sources: Snake Venom Found in Kentucky Search

July 07, 2007

Word is circulating in Kentucky that cobra venom, a substance used to kill pain, was found by investigators during a June 26 search of trainer Patrick Biancone's barn at Keeneland.

Several sources indicated, and media reports suggested,... Read More

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Specialized Lameness Evaluation for the Jumping Horse

July 05, 2007

Horses performing different jobs require specialized examinations for lameness, according to Philippe Benoit, DVM, French jumping team veterinarian from 1991 to 2000. Benoit presented his method for examining jumping horses at the 2006 American... Read More

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Jockey Suspended for Overuse of Whip

July 05, 2007

Jockey Frankie Dettori was suspended Thursday for 14 days for overuse of his whip while guiding Ramonti to victory in last month's Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

A disciplinary panel was told that Dettori struck his mount 25 times... Read More

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Great-Grandson of Secretariat Among Horses Seized in Tennessee

July 05, 2007

A descendant of the 1973 Triple Crown winner Secretariat was among 20 horses seized from a Bristol, Tenn., woman charged with animal cruelty, investigators said.

A 13-year-old Thoroughbred gelding named Rainaway, the champion's... Read More

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New NSAID: First COX-2 Inhibitor for Horses Approved by FDA

July 05, 2007

A new option in equine pain relief marks progress in the development of safer non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for horses. Firocoxib (trade name Equioxx), manufactured by Merial, is the first equine NSAID specifically targeting the... Read More

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Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis: 14 Years Later

July 04, 2007

Sharon Spier, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, PhD, associate professor at the University of California, Davis, has pioneered much of the research on HYPP. She presented updated information gleaned over the past 14 years on this disease at the 2006 AAEP... Read More

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FEI Licenses Atari for Horse-Themed Video Games

July 04, 2007

Atari announced the support of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI, the international body governing equestrian sport) for its intention to create horse-themed video games. Atari says it will bring high-quality equestrian sport and... Read More

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Incidence and Management of Exertional Rhabdomyolysis

July 03, 2007

Stephanie Valberg, DVM, PhD, professor of large animal medicine and director of the University of Minnesota's Equine Center, tackled the broad subject of skeletal muscle disease related to exercise at the 2006 AAEP Convention.

This has... Read More

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New NSAID Equioxx (firocoxib) Approved by USEF

July 02, 2007

The board of directors of the United States Equestrian Federation has approved the use of the new non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug Equioxx (firocoxib).

This new NSAID is the first cyclooxygenase-1 (COX-1) sparing drug to be approved by... Read More

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37-Year-Old Horse Might Appear in Minnesota Fourth of July Parade

July 02, 2007

On most days, Vikki Amendola's horse, Tarzan, likes to stay in the barn and stand in front of the 42-inch fan that keeps him cool and fly-free.

However, on Wednesday, Tarzan probably will prick up his ears and hold his head a mite higher as... Read More

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Drug Test Results Questioned in Kentucky

June 28, 2007

The results of post-race blood tests in five horses that raced at Keeneland or Churchill Downs have raised some red flags in Kentucky.

Trainers Bobby Frankel, Bob Holthus, Mike Maker, Bob Pincins, and Mike Tomlinson were notified by the Read More

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Two Plead Guilty in Harness Horse Drugging Case

June 28, 2007

A father and son accused of trying to fix races by injecting harness horses with substances designed to deaden pain or improve performance pleaded guilty Wednesday to felony charges in Ballston Spa, N.Y.

William Barrack, 68, and his son,... Read More

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Protecting Equine Athletes from Osteoarthritis

June 28, 2007

Since most horses are used for recreational or performance activities, soundness is understandably of vital importance to horse owners. A 2003 study suggested that 60% of lameness problems in horses are related to osteoarthritis, thus stressing the... Read More

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National Human, Veterinary Medical Associations to Collaborate

June 27, 2007

 The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) announced June 26 that the American Medical Association (AMA) has adopted a resolution calling for collaboration on a One Health Initiative.

The two organizations will work... Read More

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Driving Course Designer for 2010 Equestrian Games Selected

June 27, 2007

Officials with the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games have announced Richard Nicoll as the event's driving course designer.

"Richard will be a tremendous asset to our efforts," stated Jack Kelly, CEO of the World Games 2010 Foundation,... Read More