Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Racing Medication Group Moving Ahead with Steroid Work

March 20, 2008

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) will hold its spring board of directors meeting March 25 in conjunction with the Association of Racing Commissioners International annual convention in Austin, Texas.

The RMTC will receive an... Read More

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Detecting Latent Back Pain in Horses

March 19, 2008

Even if they can't tell you where it hurts, horses with back pain will soon be able to benefit from Scottish and Austrian research focusing on the long muscles of the equine back.

In the article, which is slated for an upcoming edition of... Read More

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3 Horses Loose on Interstate Killed by Tractor-Trailer

March 18, 2008

A tractor-trailer struck and killed three horses that wandered into traffic on Interstate 81 in northeastern Pennsylvania.

State police say the horses apparently got loose from a nearby farm. Another horse and a donkey were with them but... Read More

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Site Plan Approved for New Horse Track Near Detroit

March 18, 2008

The Huron Township Planning Commission approved a site plan March 10 for the proposed $142-million Pinnacle Race Course near Detroit, Mich.

Approved by the commission on a 6-1 vote, the site already is being prepped for construction by... Read More

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Olympic Eventer Remains in Critical Condition Following Fall

March 18, 2008

Darren Chiacchia, a 2004 U.S. Olympic equestrian team member, remained in critical condition on Monday after falling off his horse during a weekend competition.

Chiacchia suffered a severe head injury, but doctors ruled out a spinal injury... Read More

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Racehorse Welfare and Safety Summit Concludes

March 18, 2008

Participants from the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry who attended the second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit in Lexington, Ky., on March 17 and 18 drafted action plans in seven areas to improve conditions in a multitude of... Read More

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Olympic Rider Darren Chiacchia Injured in Fall at Florida Event

March 17, 2008

Darren Chiacchia, a 2004 U.S. Olympic equestrian team member, was critically injured during an event Saturday.

The 42-year-old Chiacchia was injured during a fall at a fence at the Red Hills Horse Trials competition, event organizers Red... Read More

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Equine Association Risk Management Class to be Offered by the Kentucky Horse Council

March 17, 2008

As part of its ongoing series targeted to equine leaders in Kentucky, the Kentucky Horse Council is offering a class titled  "Risk Management for Equine Organizations including Insurance Protection."
 
The class will be offered o... Read More

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Thoroughbred Songster Back in Training after Fertility Issues

March 17, 2008

Darley stallion Songster will be taken out of stud duty and put back into training due to undetermined fertility issues.

"It's obviously an unfortunate situation, but one that happens occasionally in our business," said Charlie Boden,... Read More

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Reducing Hindgut Acidosis

March 17, 2008

Acidosis (abnormally high acidity) in the hindgut (the large intestine and colon) can cause a number of problems in horses, including anorexia, colic, laminitis, and stereotypic (continuous, repetitive, and serving no purpose) behaviors such as... Read More

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Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit

March 17, 2008

This morning the public session of the second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit was held at Keeneland racecourse in Lexington, Ky., to focus on new approaches to solving industry issues. Approximately 100 people were in the sales... Read More

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Caution Urged on Thoroughbred Steroid Regulation

March 17, 2008

An authority on drug testing, who has worked with the United States Olympic Committee and is now advising the horse racing industry, has urged caution on efforts to regulate anabolic steroids.

"You need much more infrastructure; you need... Read More

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Tool to Detect Osteoarthritis in Athletic Horses Developed

March 16, 2008

Italian researchers have devised a novel technique for evaluating osteoarthritis in performance horses via measurement of metabolic products in synovial fluid. They do this by using a specialized imaging technique for liquids known as proto... Read More

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USEF Outreach Grant Program Offers Financial Assistance to Breed Shows

March 14, 2008

With the 2008 competition season just beginning, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) recognizes that the rising cost of show expenses can often hinder breed shows. To assist competitions with expenses, the USEF offers the Outreach Grant... Read More

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Jockey Club Now Selling Microchips

March 13, 2008

The Jockey Club is now offering microchips for sale to interested owners and breeders for use in Thoroughbreds residing within the United States, the organization announced March 12.

Microchips are not currently a requirement for Thoroughbred... Read More

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Reviewing Limb Cellulitis: Management Key to Good Outcome

March 13, 2008

According to a new Canadian study, cellulitis--a diffuse bacterial infection of the skin and associated tissues--is common in horses, particularly Thoroughbreds, but is rarely life threatening if managed appropriately.

"Despite being a... Read More

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Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. to Provide Joint Therapy for 2008 Olympic Games

March 13, 2008

The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) and Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, Inc. are teaming up in an innovative campaign to support U.S. equine athletes in their push to the 2008 Olympic Games. Luitpold has agreed to provide Adequan (polysulfated... Read More

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Second Racehorse Welfare and Safety Summit Approaching

March 12, 2008

The second Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit, slated for March 17-18 at Keeneland, will be an event to focus on new approaches to solving industry issues, as well as continuing the discussion of progress on topics brought up at Read More

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Pain Medications for Horses

March 11, 2008

Managing pain in horses is important for a lot of reasons: There are humane benefits in addition to medical ones, such as maintenance of weight, shorter hospital stays, and lower total patient bills. At the 2007 American Association of Equine... Read More

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Shoulder Blade Stress Fractures in Thoroughbred Racehorses

March 10, 2008

Although it's not a common injury, fracture of the scapula or shoulder blade does occur in horses and causes notable lameness. At the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 1-5 in Orlando, Fla., Stuart Vallance, BVS... Read More

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Soiled Bedding Serves as a Vehicle for Drug Contamination

March 08, 2008

Researchers found that soiled bedding appears to be a principle vehicle for contamination.... Read More

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Pennsylvania Racehorse Test Results: 98.8% Steroid-Free

March 05, 2008

Nearly all of the more than 2,000 samples tested for anabolic steroids in Pennsylvania racehorses during a two-month period came back negative, state officials said March 4.

A model rule for regulation of steroids in Pennsylvania will be... Read More

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Nerve Block Technique Reduces Limb Pain in Horses

March 04, 2008

To find ways to better manage pain in horses, researchers have been studying a technique that involves inserting continuous peripheral nerve block (CPNB) catheters along nerves in the horse's front limb to relieve pain.... Read More

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Feeds and Supplements

March 01, 2008


The key to a good feed program is to start with the proper type of forage for the individual, then (if needed) pick the right concentrate or supplement.

Most horse owners try to provid... Read More

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Your Chance to Team Pen with Top Jockeys

March 01, 2008

The Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund will hold its annual All Star Jocky Team Penning at the Kentucky Horse Park on April 14. The emcee for the evening is award-winning comedian Tim Conway, vice president of the group.

You can ride on a... Read More