Recent News for Sports Medicine

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Fatigue in Racehorses

July 01, 2002

While visibly obvious, fatigue is hard to quantify. Electromyography (EMG) measures conduction along nerves in a particular muscle group--as muscle fibers fatigue, EMG signals shift from high to low. Taking EMG readings during galloping is... Read More

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Wanted: Consumer Involvement

June 28, 2002

In recent months, there has been a good deal of discussion regarding the legality of many ingredients that horse and pet owners take for granted in supplements. Much of this discussion has centered on the proposed enforcement action by the... Read More

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Belmont Ball Raises $150,000 for Equine Research

June 17, 2002

The Belmont Ball, hosted by the New York Racing Association on June 6 at Belmont Park, raised more than $150,000 for the Grayson-Jockey Club Research Foundation.

The black-tie event featured a live auction with items ranging from box... Read More

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MSM and Inflammation

June 05, 2002

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), a white, tasteless crystalline powder, is already a favored supplement in the horse industry. Years before any scientific evidence supported its use, it had earned a reputation for helping alleviate many of the... Read More

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Regulation of Supplements

June 01, 2002

Recently, an alarm was sounded that "the authorities" are trying to take away supplement products sold over-the-counter to horse owners. Some people have portrayed it as if Big Brother were trying to keep useful products away from the animals... Read More

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Recharge Your Horse's Batteries

June 01, 2002

For horses engaged in regular conditioning and competition, an important consideration for overall health and fitness is the speed of recovery following hard workouts and competition exercise. A bout of exercise burns body fuel, results in loss... Read More

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Supplemental Cooperation

June 01, 2002

Since last month's column, a big step forward was taken by some manufacturers in the supplement industry. This step forestalled any "en masse" immediate regulatory action; however, it does not mean state feed regulators can't or won't enforce... Read More

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Laryngeal Paralysis

June 01, 2002

Partial paralysis of the larynx prevents maximal opening of the equine trachea. Affected horses can move air, but breathing noises occur, especially during exercise. The most common form of laryngeal paralysis is recurrent laryngeal neuropathy... Read More

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Supplement Regulation News

June 01, 2002

The threat of a supplement regulatory crackdown motivated 25 ingredient suppliers, manufacturers, and distributors to join with the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) on April 3-4 to hammer out a proposed Compliance Plus program. This... Read More

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Update on 2002 Early Fetal Loss in Central Kentucky

May 22, 2002

Figures generated from ultrasound... Read More

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Central Kentucky Pasture Update and Recommendations

May 17, 2002

A report was issued today by Jimmy Henning, Extension Forage Specialist in the Department of Agronomy at the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture. The text follows:

Many questions... Read More

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National Animal Supplement Council Submits Proposal

May 17, 2002

The supplement manufacturing industry has submitted a proposal to federal regulatory agencies that includes provisions for establishing common industry standards for manufacturing processes, allowing focus toward finished product safety through... Read More

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Methods for Diagnosing Lameness

May 08, 2002

After an exciting day of cross country at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on April 27, horse owners and enthusiasts gathered to hear top equine veterinarians from Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital speak on health issues pertaining to the sport... Read More

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Superstar Seattle Slew Dead at 28

May 07, 2002

Seattle Slew, the only horse to win the Triple Crown while undefeated, died Tuesday morning in his sleep at Hill 'n' Dale Farm near Lexington. On May 7, 1977, exactly 25 years ago, Slew won the Kentucky Derby. Seattle Slew had been the last... Read More

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Buddha Injury Still Uncertain

May 06, 2002

Diagnostics were still being done on pre-Derby second choice Buddha on the Monday after the race. His attending veterinarian, Dr. Ken Reed, said while they hadn’t found out a whole lot more, Buddha was sent on Sunday night (May 5) to Rood and... Read More

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Harlan's Vet Gets A Holiday

May 03, 2002

Kentucky Derby favorite Harlan’s Holiday is getting a lot of attention this week, including a visit from the veterinarian who cared for him over the winter racing season in Florida.

Dr. Tom Brokken of Florida was invited to the... Read More

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Buddha's Diagnosis Uncertain, But Favorable

May 03, 2002

Dr. Ken Reed, the attending veterinarian for Derby pre-race second choice Buddha, did a preliminary examination of the colt on Friday before lunchtime after Buddha was withdrawn from the Derby Friday morning because of lameness i... Read More

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Buddha's Prognosis?

May 03, 2002

Kentucky Derby pre-race second choice Buddha was declared out of the race on Friday morning because of a sore left front foot.

Buddha worked on Thursday and cooled out sound. But on Friday morning when he was taken from his stall at 5... Read More

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Veterinarians On-Call at Derby

May 02, 2002

The American Association of Equine Practitioners created the On-Call program 11 years ago to assist media in understanding injuries and treatment of horses before, during, and after upper-echelon equine events. Most of the 70 events covered by... Read More

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Animal Supplement Crackdown

May 01, 2002

Many supplements used by horse owners and veterinarians every day are illegal and thus could be taken off the market. State regulators say that after five years of trying to get manufacturers to meet legal requirements, they are cracking down on... Read More

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Investigating Poor Performance

May 01, 2002

For a horse to perform well as an athlete, all body systems must be in good working order. When one or more systems "breaks down," the horse is no longer able to perform up to his potential, and the owner, rider, and trainer will likely notice a ... Read More

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Weather Watchers at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event

May 01, 2002

Weather during the cross-country phase played a key role in the outcome of this year’s Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, held in Lexington, Ky., at the Kentucky Horse Park on April 25-28. While some riders, including American winner Kim Vinoski on... Read More

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Supplement Loss?

May 01, 2002

There are some regulatory rumblings that could change the way all of us feed and take care of our horses every day, whether you are a horse owner or a veterinarian. Many nutritional supplements are sold illegally. "What?" you might say. "How can... Read More

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Jump Landings and Tendon Strain

May 01, 2002

Lameness in show jumpers is often caused by forelimb tendon injury. The superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT) is most frequently injured, followed by the interosseus tendon (IT), and the accessory ligament (AL), while the deep digital flexor... Read More

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Prolonged Bute Use Detrimental to Joints

May 01, 2002

Chronic use of phenylbutazone, or Bute, in horses with joint problems could be causing more problems than it's preventing. A recent study showed that Bute and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) might be detrimental to... Read More