Recent News for Sports Medicine

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FEI and Welfare

January 01, 2004

What does international equestrian sport do to ensure healthy, fair, and clean competition? As a sport where the horse is used for its athletic abilities and man is at the helm, it is crucial that the horse be properly safeguarded.... Read More

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The Role of Antioxidants

January 01, 2004

Oxidation is a process the body uses for normal energy production and immune function. This is part of the process that enables the body to transform nutrients such as carbohydrates, fats, and proteins into energy. During oxidation (the "burning... Read More

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Septic Arthritis and Racing Potential

January 01, 2004

Septic arthritis in a Thoroughbred foal significantly reduces the likelihood the animal will race, according to a study conducted by researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland and veterinarians with Rossdale and Partners in England. Th... Read More

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New Treatment for Tendon and Ligament Injuries

December 31, 2003

A medical device derived from the lining of urinary bladders of specially bred pigs shows promise for healing equine tendon and ligament injuries, according to Rick Mitchell, DVM, of Fairfield Equine Associates in Newtown, Conn. Mitchell recentl... Read More

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The Future of Horses with HYPP

December 30, 2003

Letter to the Editor:

This letter must begin by saying how proud I am of a man whom I have never met.  His name is Steve Stevens of Houston, TX, the current president of the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA).  Mr.... Read More

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Blood-Horse Inc. Purchases New Building; Offices to Move in First Quarter of 2004

December 18, 2003

Blood-Horse Publications (parent company of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care) announces the acquisition of a new building which will serve as the company's new corporate headquarters. The 46,000 square foot building, built in... Read More

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Year In Review: Death of a Derby Winner

December 18, 2003

From The Blood-Horse year in review, featured in the Dec. 20, 2003 issue.

It was the story nobody wanted to believe, yet no one could disprove. It was the biggest news item of 2003 in the Thoroughbred industry, and... Read More

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Regulators View Drug Policy; No Race-Day Changes Yet

December 11, 2003

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium continued its march toward a national model policy on medication and drug testing Dec. 10 when regulators responded favorably to the proposal. But wholesale changes in race-day medication rules around... Read More

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Thoroughbred Charities Gala Raises More Than $1.5 Million

December 09, 2003

Thoroughbred Charities of America celebrated its 14th annual Gala & Auction Dinner by grossing more than $1.5 million Saturday, Dec. 6th at Candyland Farm in Middletown, Del. and a by simulcast to Cross Gate Gallery in Lexington,... Read More

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Pennsylvania Considering Test for EPO Antibodies

December 05, 2003

During a preliminary meeting Dec. 2 at Philadelphia Park, industry officials discussed testing for erythropoietin (EPO) antibodies that could be implemented in Pennsylvania and perhaps a few other Mid-Atlantic states in 2004.

The meeting... Read More

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Veterinarians, Trainers Support Ky. Drug Policy

December 02, 2003

The debate over whether Kentucky should implement a restrictive race-day medication policy heated up Nov. 18 with calls by racetrack veterinarians and trainers to keep the current policy intact, and criticism of the way the national Racing... Read More

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Internal Fixation Foundation Receives Distinguished Educator Honors at Annual Convention

December 02, 2003

Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Osteosynthesefragen/Association for the Study of Internal Fixation (A-O/ASIF) International Foundation's veterinary division was honored for its contributions to veterinary continuing education during the American... Read More

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Bursitis and Synovitis

December 01, 2003

A swelling on the limb that might or might not be accompanied by lameness could be the first sign of bursitis or synovitis. These are similar, moderately common inflammatory conditions of the structures that produce synovial (joint) fluid.... Read More

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Suspensory Ligament Injuries: Mending With Marrow

December 01, 2003

"Our hypotheses were that horses with suspensory ligament desmitis, treated with bone marrow components from their own body, would hopefully return to soundness more rapidly than horses with conventional treatments, and have a lower rate of recurrenc... Read More

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AQHA Moves Ahead in Approving Dressage

November 10, 2003

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) has taken the first steps toward recognizing dressage. Beginning Jan. 1, 2004, American Quarter Horses competing at official U.S. Equestrian and United States Dressage Federation (USDF) shows... Read More

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Arkansas Horses Recovering from Brutal Beatings

November 05, 2003

Nearly three months after they were selected from among several other horses and viciously beaten, two Arkansas Quarter Horses, three-year-old buckskin filly Quarter Horse Puddin' and five-year-old sorrel mare Fat Girl, are alive but remain... Read More

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Thoroughbred Charities of America Awards Grant to Equine Medical Center

November 01, 2003

The Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, Va., recently was awarded a $25,000 grant from Thoroughbred Charities of America. Grant funds are designated for building research facilities to enable collaborative research efforts to... Read More

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Facilities Take in Horses as California Wildfires Rage

October 28, 2003

Despite the nine massive wildfires that have charred nearly 500,000 acres and continue to burn in Southern California, only one Thoroughbred farm was reported to have suffered any damage, and it was considered minor, according to Dawn Gerber of... Read More

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Effects of Cold Therapies

October 20, 2003

Horse owners everywhere cold-hose or ice their horses' legs to help reduce inflammation, but there hasn't been much agreement among researchers on its effects, or the success of various methods of cooling.... Read More

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Donations Needed For Silent Auction To Benefit Racehorse Adoption Program

October 06, 2003

Thistledownracetrack in Cleveland, Ohio, will host the Fourth Annual Silent Auction to benefit New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program on Breeders Cup Day, Sat., Oct. 25. Once again, General Manager Bill Murphy has offered the use of... Read More

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Help Retired Horses at Ryerss' Third Annual Benefit Auction

October 06, 2003

The Ryerss Farm Auxiliary is hard at work, preparing for the Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines' Third Annual Benefit Auction. The benefit-the year's banner event for Ryerss' fundraising efforts--will be held on Sun., Oct. 19 from 2 - 5 p.m. at the... Read More

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Salix-Only Policy on Race Day Advocated for Kentucky

October 03, 2003

The chairman of the Kentucky Racing Commission has advocated a Salix-only policy on race day in the state, and said he would schedule meetings around the state to get feedback. Currently, five medications are permitted on race day in... Read More

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Too Much, Too Soon? Just Right?

October 01, 2003

I think we have seen over and over again that it is beneficial to stress the bones of a horse when they are most adaptive. This optimal adaptive period would seem to be when the horse is still in an active growth stage. We have all seen man... Read More

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Steroid Effects on the Knees

October 01, 2003

During intensive training, young racehorses experience a thickening in the layers of bone under the cartilage of joints. These layers, called subchondral (located nearer the surface) and cancellous, become harder and better able to handle the... Read More

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A Pain in the Hock

October 01, 2003

The hock is a complex joint of the rear limb situated between the stifle and the ankle that consists of six bones and four joints. Similar to the human ankle--but elevated and bending backward--the hock works in concert with the stifle, flexing... Read More