Recent News for Sports Medicine

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AAEP Releases Guidelines Addressing Use of Compounded Medications

February 22, 2005

The Drug Compounding Task Force of the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has released guidelines regarding the responsible use of compounded medications by veterinarians. The guidelines are the result of the association's... Read More

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Conformation Development in Growing Thoroughbreds

February 18, 2005

Selection of Thoroughbred horses for racing and breeding is based primarily on equine performance, pedigree, and phenotype (physical characteristics). Although conformation plays a critical role in the evaluation of horses, current methods of... Read More

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Central Kentucky Abortion Accessions Suggest Normal Foaling Season

February 17, 2005

Central Kentucky equine abortion accessions so far in 2005 do not indicate mare reproductive loss syndrome (MRLS). The University of Kentucky's Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center (LDDC) is posting the number of abortion accessions of all breeds... Read More

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FEI Task Force on Medication and Doping Holds Second Meeting

February 16, 2005

The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) Task Force on Medication and Doping, Chaired by Sven Holmberg of Sweden, held its second meeting in Paris on Feb. 2. The a six-person task force was established in late 2004 to re-assess... Read More

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Comptroller Critical of New York Standardbred Fund; Portion of Monies Comes From Thoroughbreds

February 15, 2005

A New York state authority that supports Standardbred purses and breeding has lax internal financial controls, according to an audit released Tuesday by state Comptroller Alan Hevesi.

The New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund... Read More

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Silicone to Lube Joints? (AAEP Convention 2004)

February 14, 2005

"We had heard several anecdotal reports of intra-articular administration of liquid silicone being used as a lubricant in equine joints (to treat osteoarthritis)," began Daniel Burba, DVM, Dipl. ACVS, professor of equine surgery at Louisiana State... Read More

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Tendonitis of the Deep Digital Flexor Tendon (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

Swor and her co-authors from Texas A&M University (TAMU) found out that deep digital flexor tendonitis (DDFT) is more common than previously thought, and it is found more often in the hind limb than the forelimb.... Read More

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Distal Phalanx Angles and DDFT Lesions? (AAEP 2004)

February 14, 2005

Dyson and her colleagues discovered in a recent study that there were no significant differences in the angles of the distal phalanx (P3, or the coffin bone) between horses of mixed breeds, with and without DDFT injury. However, they found that when ... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Performance Horse Forum

February 14, 2005

Performance horse veterinarians treat everything from the cutting horse to the dressage mount, but when it comes to issues pertinent to their practice, they are much alike. The problems of online and traveling pharmacies, clients' administering... Read More

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COX-2 Selective Drugs Considered Safe for Horses

February 14, 2005

Following the release of human clinical trial data demonstrating the link between pain-relieving medications known as COX-2 inhibitors and an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued a... Read More

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Furosemide (Salix) Effect on Racing Performance

February 13, 2005

Overall, Standardbred mares given furosemide, Morley said, finished 0.18 seconds faster than untreated mares; treated geldings finished 0.05 seconds faster than untreated geldings, and treated stallions finished 0.11 seconds faster than untreated... Read More

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AAEP Convention 2004: Sports Medicine II--EIPH/Race Times

February 13, 2005

K.W. Hinchcliff, BVSc, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, visiting fellow at the University of Melbourne in Australia, at the 50th annual American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Convention in Denver, Colo., Dec. 4-8, 2004 discussed the effect of EIPH... Read More

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Sacroiliac Joint Pain

February 13, 2005

There were a couple of take-home messages from Dyson's presentation. One was that sacroiliac joint problems can dramatically compromise a horse's ability to perform, and the other was that using an analgesic injection can be a valuable technique in ... Read More

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NYRA Milkshake Tests to Begin Feb. 16

February 10, 2005

The New York Racing Association will begin pre-race and post-race testing for "milkshakes" Feb. 16 at Aqueduct. Both forms of testing will be performed in an effort to collect data to determine the best method.

Random pre-race testing... Read More

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Beerbaum Files Appeal in Case that Could Affect Olympic Show Jumping Team Medal Standings

February 09, 2005

As announced by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) earlier this week, 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. Th... Read More

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Report: Kentucky Tracks Might Test for Milkshakes

February 07, 2005

Kentucky racetracks could begin testing for "milkshakes" this spring under their own guidelines, officials said.

A milkshake is a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and a liquid given to a horse before it competes. Milkshakes are believed to... Read More

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No Fine, Suspension in New York Positives

February 07, 2005

Two horses who ran at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., last summer were disqualified from their finishing positions because of positive drug tests, but Mark Shuman, who trained both horses for owner Michael Gill, will no... Read More

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Kentucky Panel: Adopt Model Medication Rules

February 07, 2005

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council set in motion major changes in the state's medication and drug-testing policies when it voted Feb. 4 to recommend adoption of the model rules devised by the national Racing Medication and Testing... Read More

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BEVA Shares Education

February 01, 2005

The United Kingdom is famous for its rich history and deeply rooted traditions, but that doesn't mean its veterinarians are bound to ancient methods of equine medicine. Quite the contrary, the British Equine Veterinary Association (BEVA) hosts... Read More

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Fractures in Thoroughbred Racehorses

February 01, 2005

Musculoskeletal injury is the most common cause of lost training days for Thoroughbred racehorses. This type of injury, particularly fractures, is also cited as a major reason horses leave the industry. But the incidence and characteristics of... Read More

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EHV-1 Kills Two Michigan Racehorses

February 01, 2005

At least two horses at Northville Downs Standardbred racetrack in Northville, Mich., contracted equine herpesvirus type 1 (EHV-1) and were euthanatized in December. The first case was found Dec. 14, when a 6-year-old Standardbred gelding began... Read More

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Leptospirosis in Central Kentucky

February 01, 2005

High incidences of leptospirosis-induced abortions in Central Kentucky mares could be caused by a tandem effect of temperature and precipitation in certain years, said Capt. David Hall of the U.S. Air Force, who defended his master's thesis at... Read More

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FEI Appoints Task Force on Doping and Medications

February 01, 2005

At its recent meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI, the international governing body of equine sport) Bureau established a six-person task force to reassess policies necessary to eliminate abusive and... Read More

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AQHA Set to Drug Test 300 Shows

February 01, 2005

The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) was to begin testing for performance-enhancing medications at approximately 300 approved shows in January as a result of a recommendation made by the drug and medications task force.

The task... Read More

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Drug Consortium Moves on Violations, "Milkshakes"

January 26, 2005

The Racing Medication and Testing Consortium has set a deadline for adoption of recommended uniform medication violations and testing protocol for "milkshakes," which are mixtures of bicarbonate of soda and a liquid given to a racehorse before i... Read More