Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Barbaro Resting Comfortably in Sixth Cast

July 11, 2006

Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery in the George D. Widener Hospital at the University of Pennyslvania's New Bolton Center, reports today that Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro is resting comfortably after receiving his sixth cast... Read More

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Degenerative Ligament Disease Reaches Beyond the Limbs

July 11, 2006

Researchers at the University of Georgia (UGA) College of Veterinary Medicine have discovered that degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD), a common disorder in horses once thought to involve only ligaments in the legs, actually... Read More

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Surgeons Replace Plate and Screws in Barbaro's Leg; Complications Deemed "Potentially Serious"

July 10, 2006

Late Saturday, July 8, Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery at the University of Pennsylvania's New Bolton Center, replaced the plate and many of the screws that had been inserted into Barbaro's injured hind leg on May 21. "Barbaro... Read More

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Barbaro Receives Sixth Cast, Hoof Abscess Treated

July 10, 2006

(Updated July 11) After evaluating Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro on the morning of July 10, Dean Richardson, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, chief of surgery, replaced the cast on the colt's injured hind leg for a sixth time.

"The long leg cas... Read More

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Another Cast Change for Barbaro, New Bolton Provides More Information

July 07, 2006

On Wednesday, July 5, Dr. Dean Richardson, Chief of Surgery, replaced the cast on Barbaro that he had received on Monday, July 3. "Barbaro was not comfortable with the second cast, so we decided it... Read More

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Harness Racing Documentary to Air on Cable Network

July 06, 2006

"Inside the Heart of Harness Racing," a 23-minute documentary providing insights into several aspects of the Standardbred sport, will air on cable network RFD-TV starting in July.Read More

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Barbaro Gets New Bandages; Two New Screws

July 05, 2006

Doctors at New Bolton Center's George D. Widener Hospital on Monday changed the cast on the hind right leg of Barbaro for the second time since the winner of... Read More

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Arlington Catastrophic Injury Rate Draws Criticism, Concern

July 05, 2006

Although many causes have been suggested, there's still no definitive reason for the recent slew of catastrophic injuries in Thoroughbreds at Read More

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Torn Eyelid Injury

July 01, 2006

The bottom line is any injury that tears skin or causes painful swelling around the eye should receive immediate veterinary attention. I would have advised a visit on the day of this injury.... Read More

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Failure of Racehorses to Train and Race

July 01, 2006

It's commonly known that racehorses endure extreme physical and mental stresses preparing for a racing career, which can lead to injuries and illnesses. In a University of Cambridge study, researchers sought to quantify ailments endured by today's... Read More

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Thoughts on Barbaro

July 01, 2006

No one knows why it happens, but it does. Whether the horse involved is a Kentucky Derby winner like Barbaro, or a backyard companion, it is rare when an owner doesn't face losing a horse to some sort of catastrophic injury or disease during a... Read More

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The Equine Back: Conformation and Injuries

July 01, 2006

Even a horse with excellent conformation can wind up with back problems if ridden by a rider out of balance or if outfitted with inappropriate tack.... Read More

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Learning to Earn

July 01, 2006

Considering a career in the horse industry? Formal education here is as necessary as for any other profession and as available. Many people who want to enter the horse industry are not aware of the opportunities for attaining marketable skills.... Read More

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Derby Winner Barbaro Injured

July 01, 2006

Barbaro's breakdown after the start of the May 20 Preakness Stakes captured the concern of horse owners and enthusiasts watching on network television and at the Baltimore, Md., track. Equine veterinary medicine was catapulted into the spotlight,... Read More

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Ferdinand Derby Anniversary Impetus for Slaughter-Ban Push

July 01, 2006

Supporters of legislation that would ban the transport of horses to slaughter for human consumption hope the measure will pass Congress this year, a co-sponsor of the bill said in May.

A media teleconference on the issue was held the week of... Read More

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Equestrian Land Conservation Resource Adds Strassburger to Board

June 30, 2006

The Equestrian Land Conservation Resource (ELCR) is pleased to announce the appointment of John Strassburger to its Board of Directors.

"As ELCR continues to grow in influence nationally, it is important to attract people with strong... Read More

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Platelet-Rich Plasma for Tendon and Ligament Problems

June 30, 2006

A Cornell University researcher recently showed that platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy can enhance the healing response and quality of repair at the cellular level in treatment of tendonitis and suspensory ligament desmitis. Lisa A. Fortier,... Read More

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Plan Finalized to Set Policies on Withdrawal Times for Therapeutic Medications

June 29, 2006

During its meeting on Tuesday, June 27, the Board of Directors of the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) finalized a two-part plan to establish model policies for withdrawal times for... Read More

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Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation Elects New President

June 29, 2006

Johnathan Miller, a Virginia-based businessman and part-time breeder, has been elected president of the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation by the organization's Board of Directors. He succeeds Terence... Read More

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Topics on Racing, Breeding, Sales, and Health Covered at Breeders Meeting

June 28, 2006

Note: The bi-annual International Breeders Meeting was held on May 30 in Tokyo and was hosted by the Japan Bloodhorse Breeders' Association. Delegates from 16 countries along with each country's associated veterinarians and observers met to... Read More

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Emirates Appeals Panel Upholds Brass Hat Disqualification

June 27, 2006

A three-member appeals panel of the Emirates Racing Authority has upheld the disqualification of Thoroughbred Brass Hat from his second-place finish in this year's Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) and the $5,400 fine imposed on trainer Buff Bradley.... Read More

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Asmussen Faces Six Month Suspension and Fine

June 26, 2006

Steve Asmussen, North America's leading trainer in 2004 and 2005, is facing a six month suspension for a medication infraction involving the Class 2 drug mepivicaine, a local anesthetic.

According to the Louisiana Racing Commission,... Read More

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Kentucky Horse Park Foundation Invites Donors, Volunteers to Help Prepare for the Alltech FEI Games Kentucky 2010

June 26, 2006

With the Alltech FEI Games Kentucky 2010 around the corner, the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) Foundation is seeking assistance from the community and competitors in preparing for the event. There are a number of ways to be involved as a donor or a... Read More

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Alltech Announces $10 Million Title Sponsorship for 2010 WEG

June 20, 2006

Alltech, a Kentucky-based biotechnology company, announced its title sponsorship yesterday (June 19)for the 2010 FEI games to be held at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. This marks the first time in FEI history that the World Equestrian... Read More

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Alltech to Sponsor 2010 FEI Games in Kentucky

June 19, 2006

Governor Ernie Fletcher and Alltech president and founder Dr. Pearse Lyons announced today that Alltech will be the title sponsor of the 2010 FEI GamesTM in Kentucky. The games, which will officially be known as the Alltech FEI Games Kentucky... Read More