Using Stride Parameters to Prevent Racing Injuries
Chris Whitton, BVSc, FANZCVS, PhD, head of the Equine Centre at the University of Melbourne’s Veterinary School, in Australia, has been looking at correlations between injury risk and racehorses’ stride length, speed, and frequency.
Researchers know that repeated application of high loads to bones and resulting bone fatigue contribute to injury in racehorses. “Cyclic loading leads to structural damage in any material—it’s like the laws of physics, we can’t avoid it,” said Whitton.
Detecting the bone fatigue in time to prevent injury, however, has proven challenging, as no imaging device can predictably detect microdamage, he
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