Recent News for Sports Medicine

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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

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South Carolina Ag. Official Charged with Horse Abuse

February 29, 2008

A top South Carolina agriculture official and two of his relatives are accused of mistreating dozens of horses in South Carolina and in Georgia, where authorities described some of the animals as looking like someone "draped a hide over bones."... Read More

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California Racing Group to Turn Over Necropsy Results

February 29, 2008

The California Horse Racing Board (CHRB) has agreed to pay owner Jerry Jamgotchian $19,440 in attorney fees and costs, as well as turn over necropsy submission forms for horses that died on California racetracks in 2006 and part of 2007,... Read More

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Spring Training: Getting Your Horse Ready to Ride

February 28, 2008

To prepare for warmer weather, you should start getting your horse ready by checking his feet.... Read More

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Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Returns in April

February 28, 2008

The Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event is set to return to the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky., April 24-27. The event features some of the world's best horses and riders vying for top honors.

This year's event has the added attraction of... Read More

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Kentucky Racetrack Gaming Bill Passes to House

February 28, 2008

After extensive debate among Kentucky Democratic House leaders over whether or not a number of licenses should be set aside for racetracks in a proposed expanded gaming bill, the... Read More

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Congressman Criticizes Racehorse Drug Policy

February 27, 2008

U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield of Kentucky opened a Feb. 27 congressional hearing on the use of steroids in sports by claiming leaders of horse racing have repeatedly failed on promises to self-regulate medication issues.

Whitfield, a Republican... Read More

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Airport Expanding in Anticipation of WEG 2010 Traffic

February 26, 2008

An expected surge of air traffic in conjunction with the 2010 FEI Alltech World Equestrian Games has expedited a $4 million expansion at the Georgetown-Scott County, Ky., Airport.

The expansion includes a ramp extension and a new terminal... Read More

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Timing of Steroid Study Could Impact Regulations

February 26, 2008

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium (RMTC) has funded a research project to study threshold levels and withdrawal times of four approved anabolic steroids. But the timing of the study, which should be completed by August, could make it... Read More

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Wildfires Threaten Texas Horses

February 26, 2008

Monday night, reining horse breeder and trainer Dee Hertig watched a line of wildfires creep closer to her Young County, Texas, ranch. With 12 horses in the pasture, she and husband, Jack, had to think fast to come up with a plan to get their... Read More

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Off to the Races: Improved Surgery for "Bad Throats" Safe and Effective

February 23, 2008

Thoroughbred racehorses with obstructed respiratory tracts due to inflammation of the arytenoid cartilage or failed tiebacks treated via unilateral partial arytenoidectomy--a surgical technique that resolves the obstruction--are likely to return... Read More

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Scientists Examine New Joint Disease Evaluation Method

February 22, 2008

Danish researchers have been investigating a novel technique for evaluating joint disease. This involves the serial evaluation of cartilage-derived retinoic acid protein (CD-RAP) levels in individual horses as a measure of cartilage synthesis... Read More