Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Stem Cell Treatments Successful on Tendon Injuries

May 16, 2005

Mr Cool's victory in the Stanleybet Long Distance Handicap Hurdle at Haydock Park Racecourse, England, on Saturday, May 7 was noteworthy due to pioneering tendon treatment he had received.

After the 11-year-old suffered a tendon injury i... Read More

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Churchill Downs Incorporated Receives TRF "Champion Award"

May 05, 2005

Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) today received the Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation's (TRF) "Champion Award" for CDI's work on behalf of the non-profit organization and the humane retirement of racehorses in the states where CDI racetracks... Read More

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"Moneighs" Raising Money During Derby Week

May 04, 2005

Nearly a dozen "Moneighs," original paintings created by famous racehorses, have been listed by ReRun, Inc. on eBay during the week preceeding the 2005 Kentucky Derby.  ReRun, Inc., the registered non-profit 501(c)3, is hopeful that racing... Read More

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Early Jump Training Unnecessary

May 03, 2005

Training young horses for jumping at six months of age is ineffective and unnecessary, according to a Dutch study published in the American Journal of Veterinary Research. The effect of specific jump training on young horses' jumping... Read More

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Conformation of Racehorses

May 01, 2005

In her study, nearly all racing-bred Thoroughbred foals were carpus valgus (knock-kneed) at birth, many toed out, and a few had offset knees. But at about 18 months of age, nearly two-thirds had offset knees and the incidence of knock knees ... Read More

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Farnam/Purina Partner on New Feeding Program

May 01, 2005

On March 7, Farnam and Purina announced they were partners in the manufacturing and promotion of a new line of feeds and supplements. The line was created to avoid over-supplementation while delivering state-of-the-art nutrition to horses of all... Read More

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"Seabiscuit" Star Euthanatized

May 01, 2005

Thoroughbred "I Two Step Too," known for his role in "Seabiscuit," was euthanatized on March 7 at the Kentucky Horse Park near Lexington after battling a rare type of tumor called a neuroblastoma in his nasal cavity. I Two Step Too was cast as... Read More

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Athletic Taping of the Lower Limb

May 01, 2005

Athletic taping is commonly used in human sports medicine to begin a physical therapy program; it stabilizes injured soft tissues and helps prevent further injury. Years of experience in the use of athletic taping as well as scientific research... Read More

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Officials to Discuss Polytrack Surface at Turfway

April 26, 2005

Keeneland racetrack in Lexington, Ky., and Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., plan a joint press conference April 27 to discuss installation of the Polytrack surface, now used on Keeneland's five-eighths-mile training track, at... Read More

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Assess Heel Lacerations Early for Best Recovery

April 26, 2005

"A simple heel bulb laceration may look like a regular 'nothing' cut, but it could be life-threatening if it's in the coffin joint, so you need to get it evaluated right away," said Robin M. Dabareiner, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, while describing a... Read More

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Churchill Outlines "Milkshake" Policy

April 25, 2005

With only a few differences, Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. will be utilizing the same testing procedures for "milkshakes" that are in effect at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky., and similar to those at many other North American... Read More

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Joint Cartilage Adaptation in Young Horses

April 22, 2005

It is widely believed that exercise and limb-loading in foals help joint cartilage functionally adapt to the rigors of athletic activity. In 2005, Dutch researchers set out to find out if they could verify the concept of functional adaptation of... Read More

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Clone of Endurance Champion Thrives

April 14, 2005

Italian researchers today (April 14) announced that the first clone of a gelded horse is healthy and thriving. The Arabian colt is a genetic copy of U.S. endurance rider Valerie Kanavy's world champion Pieraz and represents the ability of... Read More

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Champion Endurance Horse Successfully Cloned

April 14, 2005

As was reported earlier today, Pieraz, the two-time World Champion endurance gelding owned by Valerie Kanavy of Virginia, was successfully cloned in Italy by Eric Palmer,DVM of the Italian laboratory LTR-CIZ, in collaboration with Cryozootech.... Read More

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Educational Event to be Held During Rolex

April 12, 2005

Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital and the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation will host an educational seminar at the Kentucky Horse Park (KHP) in Lexington on April 28 during the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event. The seminar is scheduled to commence... Read More

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Cold Air and Lung Health

April 08, 2005

Researchers at Oklahoma State University (OSU) recently completed a study on airway cooling and mucosal injury during cold weather exercise. Using the Thoroughbred racehorse as a model, scientists found that even cantering in sub-freezing... Read More

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Bleeding from the Ears, Nose, or Mouth

April 07, 2005

It is because of this disease that hemorrhage from the nose should be taken very seriously, even though it is possible for a laceration, foreign body, tumor, or other cause to be responsible for the bleeding.... Read More

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Degenerative Suspensory Ligament Desmitis

April 01, 2005

South Beach Baby, a.k.a. Hope, was a 16-month-old Thoroughbred filly who gave the gift of knowledge to many in the horse industry. Her painful battle with degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis (DSLD) came early in life and progressed rapidly... Read More

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A Closer Look at Insulin

April 01, 2005

When you think of insulin, you might think first of humans and diabetes. But horses have insulin, too ... ... Read More

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Olympic Appeal Over Drugs

April 01, 2005

According to the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), German Olympian Ludger Beerbaum filed an appeal on Feb. 3 with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision taken by the FEI Judicial Committee. The committe... Read More

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Jurisdictions Begin Milkshake Testing

April 01, 2005

Following recommendations issued in January by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, several racing jurisdictions have approved plans to test horses for evidence of "milkshaking" or excess levels of total carbon dioxide (TCO2)... Read More

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Breeding Efficiency in Kentucky Thoroughbred Mares

April 01, 2005

Management and veterinary care are important factors that contribute to the overall pregnancy rate of the Thoroughbred mare, said Karin Bosh, a graduate research assistant in the University of Kentucky's Department of Veterinary Science. Bosh... Read More

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Central Kentucky Abortion Submissions Suggest Normal Foaling Season

April 01, 2005

Central Kentucky equine abortion submissions to the University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) so far in 2005 do not indicate mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). MRLS struck horses in several states (including... Read More

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Exercise Exhaustion

March 29, 2005

Exercise exhaustion can occur after relatively brief maximal exercise or after prolonged submaximal exercise.... Read More

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Athens Gold Medalist Cian O'Connor Disqualified

March 29, 2005

Following a hearing held in Zurich, Switzerland, on March 27, the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) Judicial Committee determined that there had been a breach of FEI General Regulations Art. 146.2 at the 2004 Olympic Games in... Read More