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The Athletic Horse

Principles and Practice of Equine Sports Medicine

Showing how to maximize performance in horses, The Athletic Horse: Principles and Practice of Equine Sports Medicine, 2nd Edition describes sports training regimens and how to reduce musculoskeletal injuries. Practical coverage addresses the anatomical and physiological basis of equine exercise and performance, centering on evaluation, imaging, pharmacology, and training recommendations for sports such as racing and show jumping. Now in full color, this edition includes new rehabilitation techniques, the latest imaging techniques, and the best methods for equine transportation. Written by expert educators Dr. David Hodgson, Dr. Catherine McGowan, and Dr. Kenneth McKeever, with a panel of highly qualified contributing authors.

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Published: May 2013

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4377-1174-5


  • Section I: Structure Considerations in Equine Sports Medicine
    1. An Overview of Performance and Sports Medicine
    2. Comparative Aspects of Exercise Physiology
    Section II: Physiology of Exercise and Performance
    3. Energetic Considerations of Exercise 
    4. Nutrition of the Performance Horse
    5. Hematology and Biochemistry
    6. Physiology of Acid-Base Balance and Fluid Shifts with Exercise
    7. Endocrine and Immune Responses to Exercise and Training
    8. Thermoregulation
    9. The Respiratory System: Anatomy, Physiology, and Adaptations to Exercise and Training
    10. Transport of Horses
    11. The Cardiovascular System: Anatomy, Physiology, and Adaptations to Exercise and Training
    12. Muscle: Anatomy, Physiology, and Adaptations to Exercise and Training
    13. Tendon, Ligament, Bone, and Cartilage: Anatomy, Physiology, and Adaptations to Exercise and Training
    14. Age and Disuse in Athletes: Effects of Detraining, Spelling, Injury, and Age
    Section III: Biomechanics/Kinematics and Performance
    15. Conformation
    16. The Biomechanics of Equine Locomotion
    17. Kinematics of the Equine Back and Pelvis
    18. Functional Biomechanics: The Effect of the Rider and Track
    Section IV: Practical Exercise Physiology
    19. Training Regimens: Physiologic Adaptations to Training
    20. Training Tthe Thoroughbred Racehorse
    21. Training Standardbred Trotters and Pacers
    22. Training Endurance Horses
    23. Training the Event Horse
    24. Dressage Tests, Movements, and Training: A Primer 
    25. Training Show Jumpers
    26. Training the Working Horse
    27. Training the Racing Quarterhorse
    28. Evaluation of Performance Potential
    29. Clinical Exercise Testing and Investigation of Poor Performance


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