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The effect of early training and the adaptation and conditioning of skeletal tissues.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18314035     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Horses as equine athletes must be conditioned and trained to optimize the whole animal for the particular type of athletic activity. An extremely high proportion of all injuries in the equine athlete in general, and in the racehorse in particular, are associated with the skeletal system, many of which are believed to arise from a mismatch between the prevailing exercise levels and adaptation. To maximize performance, yet minimize injury, it is important to understand and apply the principles of functional adaptation of the component tissues of the skeletal system (bone, cartilage, tendons, and ligaments), which differ in their responses to changes in mechanical environment. With appropriate monitoring owners, trainers, and veterinarians can apply the science underlying functional adaptation to the training of specific equine athletes, and so improve equine welfare.
Roger K W Smith; Allen E Goodship
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Veterinary clinics of North America. Equine practice     Volume:  24     ISSN:  1558-4224     ISO Abbreviation:  Vet. Clin. North Am. Equine Pract.     Publication Date:  2008 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-03-03     Completed Date:  2008-04-04     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8511904     Medline TA:  Vet Clin North Am Equine Pract     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Royal Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane, North Mymms, Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 7TA, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Adaptation, Physiological*
Bone and Bones / physiology
Horses / physiology*
Joints / physiology
Ligaments / physiology
Osteogenesis / physiology*
Physical Conditioning, Animal / physiology*
Stress, Mechanical
Tendons / physiology*

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