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Equine Sports Medicine and Surgery

Basic and clinical sciences of the equine athlete

This unique resource provides the most up-to-date, in-depth coverage of the basic and clinical sciences required for management of the equine athlete. The unique treatment of exercise physiology and training within a clinical context, together with a detailed review of all diseases affecting athletic horses, makes this the most comprehensive text available. Provides a thorough grounding in the basic physiology of each body system, and in particular the responses of each body system to exercise and training. The internationally renowned team of contributors has created the ultimate reference for veterinarians, students, horse-owners, and all those involved in the world of equine athletics.

Hardbound, 1320 Pages

Published: December 2013

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-0-7020-4771-8


  • Acknowledgements

    List of Contributors

    Section 1: Integrative physiology and exercise testing

    Chapter 1 - The horse as an athlete

    Chapter 2 - Laboratory exercise testing

    Chapter 3 - Exercise testing in the field

    Chapter 4 - Genetic basis of equine performance

    Section 2: Musculoskeletal system

    Chapter 5 - Epidemiology of orthopaedic diseases in athletic horses

    Chapter 6 - Muscle physiology: responses to exercise and training

    Chapter 7 - Muscle disorders of equine athletes

    Chapter 8 - Skeletal physiology: responses to exercise and training

    Chapter 9 - Tendon and ligament physiology

    Chapter 10 - Biomechanics of locomotion in the athletic horse

    Chapter 11 - Joint physiology: response to exercise and training

    Chapter 12 - Kinematics of lameness

    Chapter 13 - Diagnosis of lameness

    Chapter 14 - Diseases of the foot

    Chapter 15 - Distal limb: fetlock and pastern

    Chapter 16 - Metacarpus/metatarsus

    Chapter 17 - The carpus

    Chapter 18 - Elbow and shoulder

    Chapter 19 - Tarsus and stifle

    Chapter 20 - Soft tissue: tendinitis and desmitis

    Chapter 21 - Back and pelvis

    Chapter 22 - Repetitive strain injuries of the skeleton in high performance equine athletes

    Chapter 23 - Pharmacotherapy of the joint and tendon disease

    Chapter 24 - Neurologic gait abnormalities in the athletic horse

    Section 3: Respiratory system

    Chapter 25 - Upper airway function of normal horses during exercise

    Chapter 26 - Abnormalities of the upper airway

    Chapter 27 - Lower airway function: response to exercise and training

    Chapter 28 - Inflammatory diseases of the lower airway of athletic horses

    Chapter 29 - Exercise-induced pulmonary hemorrhage (EIPH)

    Chapter 30 - Viral respiratory disease in athletic horses


    Section 4: Cardiovascular system

    Chapter 31 - Heart and vessels: function during exercise and training adaptations

    Chapter 32 - Diseases of the heart and vessels

    Section 5: Metabolism and nutrition

    Chapter 33 - Metabolic responses to exercise and training

    Chapter 34 - Endocrine function during exercise and response to training

    Chapter 35 - Endocrine and metabolic disorders of the equine athlete

    Chapter 36 - Nutrition for the equine athlete: nutrient requirements and key principles in ration design

    Chapter 37 - Nutrition for the equine athlete: above and beyond nutrient requirements

    Section 6: Fluids and electrolytes

    Chapter 38 - Body fluids and electrolytes: responses to exercise and training

    Chapter 39 - Acid-base physiology at rest, during exercise and in response to training

    Chapter 40 - Abnormalities of body fluids and electrolytes in athletic horses

    Chapter 41 - Thermoregulation and exercise-associated heat illnesses

    Section 7: Hematology and immunology

    Chapter 42 - Hematologic and serum biochemical responses to exercise and training

    Chapter 43 - Hematologic and biochemical abnormalities of athletic horses

    Chapter 44 - Abnormalities of the erythron

    Chapter 45 - Exercise and immunity in horses

    Section 8: Gastrointestinal system

    Chapter 46 - Effects of exercise on gastrointestinal function

    Chapter 47 - Gastrointestinal diseases of athletic horses

    Section 9: Veterinary management of the performance horse

    Chapter 48 - Veterinary aspects of training Thoroughbred racehorses

    Chapter 49 - Veterinary aspects of training horses used for harness racing (trotters and pacers)

    Chapter 50 - Veterinary aspects of training event horses

    Chapter 51 - Veterinary aspects of training dressage horses

    Chapter 52 - Veterinary aspects of training and racing endurance horses

    Chapter 53 -Veterinary aspects of training and competing polo horses

    Chapter 54 - Veterinary aspects of training and competing Western performance horses

    Chapter 55 - Veterinary aspects of training the showjumping horse

    Chapter 56 - Veterinary aspects of the aged equine athlete

    Chapter 57 - Anesthesia of the equine athlete

    Chapter 58 - Emergency procedures and first aid for equine athletes

    Chapter 59 - Reproductive management of the athletic horse

    Chapter 60 - Examination of the equine athlete prior to purchase

    Chapter 61 - International movements of athletic horses

    Section 10: Physical therapy and rehabilitation

    Chapter 62 - Manual therapy and exercise for athletic horses

    Chapter 63 - Equine rehabilitation: chiropractic therapy for athletic horses

    Chapter 64 - Physical treatment of the equine athlete

    Appendix 1a - Reference ranges for red cell variables in athletic horses

    Appendix 1b - Reference ranges for the leukogram of athletic horses

    Appendix 2 - Reference ranges for serum biochemical variables in athletic horses



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