Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Olympic Equestrians Congratulated by President Bush

October 20, 2004

The Equestrian Olympic athletes that represented the United States in Athens this year had the extraordinary opportunity to meet the President and First Lady at the White House. Following a tradition started with President Gerald Ford, President... Read More

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Seal Will Help Ensure Quality of Animal Supplements

October 20, 2004

The Animal Supplement Council (NASC) has initiated a Quality Seal Program as part of its ongoing effort to improve and standardize the animal supplement industry . The seal is a way for consumers to know that when they buy a... Read More

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Kentucky Panel Adopts Policy on Horse Identification

October 19, 2004

Horses racing in Kentucky will now be identified the morning of their respective races and before leaving the paddock following a directive from Jim Gallagher, executive director of the Kentucky Horse Racing Authority (KHRA).

Gallagher,... Read More

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Meet the Epidemiologist

October 15, 2004

As people have become more health-conscious, and bonds between humans and their animals have deepened, the demand for veterinary specialties such as dermatology, behavior, pathology, and surgery has risen. The following is part of a series... Read More

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Champion Thoroughbred Fosters Orphaned Foal

October 13, 2004

Maybe it was an overwhelming maternal instinct. Or maybe it was that headstrong, competitive spirit. Brown Bess wanted another baby. Retired from life as a broodmare, the 22-year-old champion had the roam of a grassy pasture with other pensioned... Read More

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Gold Medal Horse Tests Positive for Drugs

October 11, 2004

Four horses that competed in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece--including one gold medalist--have tested positive for banned substances. The four positive horses are Irish show jumping gold medal winner Waterford Crystal, ridden by Cian... Read More

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European Breeders' Cup Contenders' Flight Booked for Oct. 25

October 11, 2004

The International Racing Bureau informed Lone Star Park officials that the main charter shipment for horses competing in the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships has been provisionally booked to arrive in Dallas on Monday, Oct. 25.... Read More

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USEF Statement Regarding Positive Drug Tests at the 2004 Olympic Games

October 08, 2004

The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international governing body for equestrian sport, announced that four horses tested positive during the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. None of the four horses represented the... Read More

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Above the Surface: Polytrack

October 04, 2004

Polytrack--polypropylene fibers, recycled rubber, and silica sand covered in a wax coating--has been used for training and racing for years in Great Britain, but Keeneland is the first U.S. facility to install it.... Read More

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EPO Testing Making a Difference at the Track

October 04, 2004

One of the most potentially damaging drugs to hit the racetrack in recent years is erythropoietin, or EPO. A synthetic version of a naturally-occurring hormone which stimulates the bone marrow to make more red blood cells, EPO was designed to... Read More

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BET Pharm Kentucky Raided by FDA; Drugs Seized

October 01, 2004

At the request of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky issued a seizure warrant on Aug. 11 for what it called various illegally compounded drug products for use in horses found at... Read More

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Smarty Jones Retired Due to Bone Bruises

October 01, 2004

Smarty Jones, whose Triple Crown quest came up short in the Belmont Stakes, has been retired due to bone bruises in all four cannon bones. He will enter stud at Three Chimneys Farm near Midway, Ky. (he moved there on Aug. 16).

He now lives... Read More

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Olympic Veterinary Care

October 01, 2004

A summary of veterinary experiences at the Athens Olympic Games will appear in our November issue, but here are some tidbits, including insights from Jack Snyder, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, professor in the University of California, Davis' Department... Read More

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Annual Rescue Training and Exhibitions Held in Central Kentucky

October 01, 2004

"We are not here to re-invent the wheel," said Tomas Gimenez, DrMedVet, a professor at Clemson University, addressing a group of first-responders and equine rescue personnel at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington in August. The event was... Read More

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Warm Springwater Immersion

October 01, 2004

Immersion of the body in natural springwater has been studied extensively in humans and dogs for its healing effects. The theory behind immersion is its ability to temporarily suppress the sympathetic nervous system (SNS, the part of the nervous... Read More

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Feeding the Finicky Eater

October 01, 2004

Some horses present special challenges in feeding, especially if they won't eat enough to maintain proper body weight. Sometimes a lactating broodmare, a horse in hard training or steady work, or a horse recovering from illness or injury... Read More

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Feeding Horses: Art, Science, or Both?

October 01, 2004

When feeding horses, two seemingly opposing aspects hold true: It's a little bit of art, and a little bit of science. On one hand, tradition reigns supreme when it comes to horse feeding. Many techniques have been passed down from generation to... Read More

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Understanding Equine Pain

October 01, 2004

Would you know if your horse was in pain? "Sure," you think, perhaps picturing your horse with a notable limp or a gaping wound. But what about less dramatic scenarios? Does it hurt your horse when you pull his mane, give him an injection, or... Read More

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Equine Metabolic Syndrome

October 01, 2004

Equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), Cushing's disease, insulin resistance (IR), glucose intolerance, and glycemic indices of feeds have gotten a lot of press lately. The terms are taken from the human literature, where they have very specific... Read More

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French Olympic Team Vet to Speak at Cornell Farriers Conference

September 20, 2004

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine will host its 21st annual Farrier's Conference Nov. 13-14, 2004. Philippe Benoit, DVM, will speak on a variety of topics related to imaging, diagnostics, and shoeing. Benoit will also discuss... Read More

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California Horse Racing Board Proposes Ban on Milkshakes

September 17, 2004

Use of alkalizing agents--so-called "milkshakes"--on horses would be illegal under a new regulation proposed Sept. 15 to the California Horse Racing Board.

Ron Jensen, DVM, MS, the CHRB's director of equine medicine, told the board... Read More

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Racing Drug Panel Moves Forward with Per-Start Fee for Owners

September 15, 2004

Lab accreditation, quality assurance to get close look

Racehorse owners would contribute about $4.5 million a year to support research projects under a recommendation by the Racing Medication and Testing Consortium, which... Read More

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Tendon Healing, Aged Broodmares Featured at Convention

September 01, 2004

Smarty Jones won a little sympathy Saturday night, July 24, as Patricia Hogan, VMD, Dipl. ACVS, board-certified veterinary surgeon, recounted the tale of how the Pennsylvania-bred colt reared up in the starting gate of Philadelphia Park last yea... Read More

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Arthroscopy for Meniscal Tears

September 01, 2004

A meniscus is an interarticular (between joints) synovial cartilage or membrane. Meniscal tears in the stifle joint are well described in human athletes and dogs. Despite a few published reports in horses, however, the condition remains difficul... Read More

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Basic Concepts in Nutrition

September 01, 2004

The options and opinions on what to feed your horse are numerous. My goal in this article is to review the differences between the "simple-stomached" creatures (such as ourselves, dogs, cats, etc.) and the horse. In addition, we will take a look... Read More