USEF Issues Joint Injection, Shock Wave Withdrawal Times

Intra-articular injections have a four-day withdrawal time from competition, while shock wave has a three-day withdrawal time from competition.

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Effective Dec. 1 and for the 2015 competition year, the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has implemented withdrawal practices following intra-articular (within the joint) injections and shock wave therapy.

The withdrawal practices are the result of rule changes passed at the USEF Annual Meeting in January 2014.

For intra-articular injections a four-day withdrawal time from competition has been instituted, while a three-day withdrawal from competition for shock wave therapy has been implemented.

Additionally, for the 2015 competition year, the USEF has created an online medication report form for therapeutic administration of forbidden substances, which is available online

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