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A scientific background for skeletal muscle conditioning in equine practice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17650153     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
The main goal of any conditioning programme in athletic horses is to improve performance by inducing physiological changes within the animal's body. Equine skeletal muscles have a considerable potential to adapt during training and these adaptations have important physiological implications that influence stamina, strength and speed. Although there is an extensive specialized literature in this regard, scientific based muscle conditioning methods have not been introduced sufficiently in the equine sport practice. After a brief synopsis of both equine muscle exercise physiology and muscular adaptations to training, including their physiological significance, this review focuses on specific training programmes that induce muscular adaptations in athletic horses. The article addresses the following principal question: what kind of stimuli for what kind of muscular adaptations? The experimental data are discussed separately for racehorses (thoroughbreds, trotters and endurance horses) and sport horses (dressage, show jumpers and carriage). Finally, published results about the influence of relevant training parameters (such as intensity, duration and type of exercise) on muscular responses are discussed, as well as those concerning overtraining and detraining. The article closes with some concluding remarks on importance of their application in practice.
Authors:
J-L L Rivero
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of veterinary medicine. A, Physiology, pathology, clinical medicine     Volume:  54     ISSN:  0931-184X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Vet Med A Physiol Pathol Clin Med     Publication Date:  2007 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-07-25     Completed Date:  2007-09-25     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100955112     Medline TA:  J Vet Med A Physiol Pathol Clin Med     Country:  Germany    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  321-32     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Laboratory of Muscular Biopathology, Department of Comparative Anatomy and Pathological Anatomy, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences, University of Cordoba, Campus Rabanales, Crtra. Madrid-Cadiz km 396, 14014 Cordoba, Spain. anllorij@uco.es
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adaptation, Physiological*
Animals
Horses / physiology*
Muscle, Skeletal / physiology*
Physical Conditioning, Animal / methods*,  physiology*
Sports
Time Factors

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