Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Barbaro Remains an Inspiration On and Off the Track

October 01, 2006

Led to the gate for the first race of his career, Barbaro shied away, reluctant to get started.

A mile later, after an eye-catching 81/2-length victory on Oct. 4 at Delaware Park, trainer Michael Matz and owners Gretchen and Roy Jackson... Read More

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Bone Chips: When the Chips Are Down

October 01, 2006

In the case of bone chips, sometimes bigger is better. In a study performed in 2006, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center theorized that bone chip characteristics in a horse's knees were an indicator of the severity of ... Read More

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Corticosteroids: Short- and Long-Term Effects

October 01, 2006

Of the medications available in the arsenal of anti-inflammatory therapies, there is one type that has caused ... Read More

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The Straight Dope

October 01, 2006

Is post-event drug testing becoming too sensitive, netting too many innocent violators? Are drug withdrawal guidelines for therapeutic medications too unreliable to be useful? Or are policies and tests being fine-tuned in a sensible manner in order... Read More

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Barbaro Might Soon Get Cast Removed

October 01, 2006

Based on the latest examination of Barbaro's injured right hind leg, there is a possibility the classic winner will soon have the cast removed completely.

The cast on the right leg was changed Aug. 27 by veterinarians at the University of... Read More

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Barbaro's Surgeon Answers Questions From the Public

October 01, 2006

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, the head of surgery at the George D. Widener Hospital for Large Animals at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, has been in the public eye since May 20 when he began treating Kentucky Derby winner... Read More

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CHRB Files Drug Complaint Against Mullins

September 29, 2006

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has filed a complaint against trainer Jeff Mullins for multiple rule violations after a horse in his care, Robs Coin, tested positive for mepivacaine in the post-race urine sample.

Robs Coin... Read More

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Quarter Horse Jockey Under Investigation

September 28, 2006

A quarter horse jockey is under investigation for allegedly using an electronic buzzer on his horse during the second race at Fairplex Park last Sunday (Sept. 24).

"There's an allegation. As a law enforcement agency, we take these... Read More

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Not Such a Stud on the Treadmill?

September 28, 2006

Treadmill training can be detrimental to your stallion's fertility, say Swiss researchers who recently published a paper on the topic. Not only can repeated strenuous treadmill sessions adversely affect sperm quality and freezability, but the... Read More

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Barbaro's Cast Could be Replaced by Splint

September 27, 2006

He's looking good, feeling good and eating well these days, yet Barbaro is still a long way from leaving the hospital.

The Kentucky Derby winner went for his daily walk outside the intensive care unit at the New Bolton Center on Tuesday,... Read More

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Adverse Effects of a Performance Enhancer

September 27, 2006

Researchers found that a performance-enhancing drug caused unpredictable, severe, and possibly life-threatening effects on horses. In a study completed at the University of Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College, researchers examined abnormal... Read More

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Public Invited to Preview Track Renovations At Keeneland Open House

September 26, 2006

Keeneland will host a Community Open House on Sunday, October 1, to celebrate the completion of its historic track renovation.

The public is invited to come out from 2-4 p.m. for a "sneak preview" of the improvements, highlighted... Read More

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Head Position Affects Intraocular Pressure

September 26, 2006

Intraocular (inside the eye) pressure readings are used in the diagnosis of equine glaucoma. However, researchers with the University of Pennsylvania have found that the position of the horse's head can impact the pressure reading, which could... Read More

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DigiKnow Selected as Interactive Agency for WEG 2010

September 26, 2006

DigiKnow, Inc. has been selected as the Interactive Agency of Record for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2010, which will be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington.

"We needed to find a firm with experience--communicating our... Read More

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Barbaro's Laminitic Hoof Growing, Cast Change on the Horizon

September 26, 2006

Veterinarians at Penn's George D. Widener Hospital continue to be pleased with the medical progress of Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who remains in stable condition at the hospital. "The left hind hoof on Barbaro has grown about 18 millimeters in... Read More

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California Official Wants Vets Held Accountable for Medication Violations

September 25, 2006

Rick Arthur, DVM, the new equine medical director of the California Horse Racing Board, told a meeting of state horse breeders Sept. 22 that he plans to hold veterinarians accountable when trainers they advise are found in violation of horse... Read More

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NBC to Broadcast WEG Highlights

September 20, 2006

NBC will be broadcasting highlights from the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games this Sunday, Sept. 24. The broadcast will be shown 4:30-6:00 p.m. EDT.

The show will be hosted by the Kentucky Horse Park, site of the Alltech FEI World... Read More

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Freedom Health Congratulates World Equestrian Games Competitors

September 19, 2006

Freedom Health, LLC, maker of SUCCEED Digestive Conditioning Program, congratulates its sponsored riders who participated in the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Aachen, Germany Aug. 20-Sept. 3. The U.S. contingent included 2006 USEF National Grand... Read More

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Boot on Barbaro's Laminitic Hoof Replaced With Bandage

September 19, 2006

According to veterinarians at Penn's George D. Widener Hospital, Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro continues to gradually improve. "He had an excellent week," said Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery. "We replaced the boot on his left... Read More

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ReRun of New Jersey to Host All-Thoroughbred Charity Show

September 15, 2006

The New Jersey chapter of ReRun Inc. will host its Fifth All-Thoroughbred Charity Horse Show on Saturday, September 23 at the New Jersey Horse Park in Allentown, New Jersey.

The event is designed to showcase the versatility of Thoroughbreds... Read More

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An Equine Athlete's Heart

September 14, 2006

Trainers, owners, and researchers have long pondered the effects of a large heart (one that is naturally occurring and not a result of disease), and have even attempted to use heart size as a predictor of athletic ability.... Read More

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Prevalence of PSSM in Quarter Horses

September 14, 2006

Up to 6% of apparently healthy Quarter Horses could have subclinical polysaccharide storage myopathy (PSSM).... Read More

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Del Mar Gets Initial Approval for Synthetic Track

September 14, 2006

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club gained unanimous approval Sept. 12  to install an $8 million synthetic surface  from the board of directors of the agricultural district that oversees the seaside track.

Craig Fravel, Del Mar's... Read More

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Ride Rolex With a Pro: New Equestrian Video Game Available in November

September 14, 2006

The morning of an event always sends chills down my spine as I imagine the thrill of clearing a jump while anticipating the next hurdle around the bend. Amidst the eyes of the spectators, the calm ebb and flow of my horse's breath, and the visceral... Read More

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2008 American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame Nominations Open

September 13, 2006

Nominations are open for the highest honor in the American Quarter Horse Association, the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame, and the November 1 deadline for 2008 inductees is drawing near.

Nominators are encouraged to nominate an AQH... Read More