Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Predicting Muscle Problems

December 01, 2002

Competitive endurance riders know that horses lose fluids and electrolytes during strenuous rides. Calcium and magnesium are also lost during prolonged aerobic exercise. Low blood calcium (hypocalcemia) allows sodium to enter nerve cells, leadin... Read More

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Exercise and Bone Development

December 01, 2002

Beneath the smooth surface of articular cartilage, subchondral bone gives structural support to joints. Normally, newborn foals have a lot of water in this layer, which is slowly replaced by calcium and collagen as the foal weights his joints.... Read More

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Is His Heart In It?

December 01, 2002

Do you know why a Thoroughbred can deliver that great burst of speed to eat up a mile in 1 1/2 minutes, or how an endurance horse can maintain the strength and stamina to cover long distances at steady speeds? Of course you do: Conditioning.... Read More

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Diagnosing Problems Using Equine Hair

December 01, 2002

A horse's hair can be used as a diagnostic tool in assessing nutritional status, environmental poisoning, and drug use and abuse, according to Mark Dunnett, BVSc, of the UK's Royal Veterinary College. Dunnett presented this topic at the Kentucky... Read More

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Intracranial Pressure

December 01, 2002

Two studies done at the University of California, Davis, have allowed researchers to measure the intracranial pressure (ICP, the pressure that the cerebrospinal fluid exerts on the brain) in the horse for the first time and determine how body... Read More

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Legalities of Equine Rescue

November 01, 2002

Driving home one evening at dusk, you notice a horse standing listlessly in a small, fenced paddock on a farm located a few miles from your home. The horse looks quite thin, almost to the point of emaciation, and there is neither food nor water... Read More

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Is Dietary Fat Really Healthy?

November 01, 2002

Marketing claims regarding the virtues of fat in equine diets are plentiful. Statements such as "Added dietary fat for improved performance," "Increased stamina," "Calm energy," or "Improved coat and hoof condition" abound. Indeed, at times it i... Read More

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Understanding Back Pain

November 01, 2002

Since the beginning of his involvement with man, the horse has been used to either pull heavy loads or carry a rider or packs upon his back. Prior to the advent of the gasoline engine, a great many horses were bred for pulling strength and power... Read More

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Preakness Runner-Up Positive for WNV

November 01, 2002

Magic Weisner, the popular Thoroughbred gelding who finished second at long odds in the Preakness, was diagnosed Sept. 9 with West Nile virus (WNV), said Bob Vallance, DVM, the horse's local veterinarian in Maryland.

Vallance was in daily... Read More

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New Surgical Treatment for Suspensory Injury

November 01, 2002

Suspensory injuries are common in athletic horses. The suspensory ligament extends down the back of the lower leg from the knee or the hock and lies between the flexor tendons and the cannon bone. There are a number of treatments for injured... Read More

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Feeding Management for Stressful Situations

November 01, 2002

"Anytime you ask a horse to be a performance horse (taking him out of his natural environment), you put him in a stressful situation," said Joe Pagan, PhD, owner of Kentucky Equine Research (KER) in Versailles, Ky., during his presentation... Read More

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Eventing Recommended for Exclusion from the 2008 Olympics

November 01, 2002

The Olympic Programme Commission report recommending that eventing be excluded from the 2008 Olympics was presented to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board on Aug. 28 in Lausanne, Switzerland. The commission was in charge of... Read More

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AAEP Preview: State of the Art Lecture

November 01, 2002

Innovation in equine medicine is the hallmark of the AAEP Convention's State of the Art Lecture, and this year will be no different. David M. Nunamaker, VMD, Chairman and Jacques Jenny Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery of the New Bolton Center's... Read More

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Kentucky Drug Council Discusses EPO Options

October 25, 2002

The Kentucky Equine Drug Research Council met Thursday at Keeneland to discuss options to identify and enforce the prohibited use of erythropoietin (EPO). The drug, commonly called EPO and marketed under the name Epogen, is suspected to be in us... Read More

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Get Daily Olympic Equestrian Updates

October 11, 2002

Visit the American Horse Shows Association's Olympic Web Site for daily updates of the equestrian events of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney Australia. To access these pages, go to the AHSA's web site at Read More

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U.S. Olympic Eventing Horses Arrive At Game Site

October 11, 2002

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) Olympic eventing horses arrived at the Sydney International Equestrian Center at Horsley Park on Monday.  All horses arrived safely and appear ready for the opening of the eventing team... Read More

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FEI Eventing Committee Meets In Chantilly

October 11, 2002

The Eventing Committee met at the end of June to finalize the Safety measures and rule modifications following the "Hartington" International Eventing Safety Committee report.

The Committee agreed on the following issues and amendments... Read More

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Exchange Offered To Young Adults Pursuing Equine Career

October 11, 2002

Communicating for Agriculture (CA), a non-profit rural advocacy organization, is offering young adults pursuing a career in the equine industry the opportunity to travel to England in July 2000 for a month-long stay at an equine stable. Trainees... Read More

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West Nile Threat Moves Dressage Olympic Selection To Florida

October 11, 2002

The United States Equestrian Team (USET) has changed the location of its Dressage Olympic Selection Trials, scheduled for the weekends of May 13-14 and May 20-21.

The trials, which will also serve as the State Line Tack/USET Grand Prix... Read More

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On Target Training Offers Clinics Across Florida

October 11, 2002

Shawna and Vinton Karrasch, creators of the unique On Target, Training program, will be in Wellington, FL, from February 12-29. The pair will offer clinics and training seminars throughout the area.

A clinic is already scheduled for... Read More

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Sliced Bread Has Arrived

October 11, 2002

Drug testing is about to move into the 21st century for horseracing. Research findings at the University of Kentucky's Gluck Equine Research Center could make the use of urine in post-race drug testing a thing of the past within a very short... Read More

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AAEP Releases Racetrack Practitioners Directory

October 11, 2002

The American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) has published a new directory of racetrack veterinarians. More than 700 AAEP members currently practicing at racetracks across the country are listed.... Read More

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Testing Supplement Efficacy

October 10, 2002

How do you know if something, anything from a car to a blender to a vitamin supplement, works? You test it in a manner consistent with the way it’s going to be used, using specific, relevant measures of performance, and evaluate it according to... Read More

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Airway Health

October 03, 2002

Many trainers judge the health of their horses’ airways by listening to the sounds the animals make while they are exercising. Airway Dynamics of Midway, Ky., is doing the same thing more scientifically by using high-tech equipment. Veterinarian... Read More

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New Flair Nasal Strip Study

October 03, 2002

A recent study completed by researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) suggests that Flair nasal strips decrease the amount of work required for respiratory muscles in equine athletes during intense exercise, and might reduce the amount of... Read More