shockwave therapy

Report: Delaware Commission Moves Up Trainer Percaro’s Appeal Over Shockwave Use

The Delaware Thoroughbred Racing Commission is accelerating its appeals timeframe for two men handed fines and suspensions related to the use of shockwave therapy. The Racing Biz reported this week that the appeal, which had not been scheduled until April 2020, will now take place in January. Trainer Anthony Percaro and assistant David Neilson were […]

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New UPenn Research Zeroes In On Biomarker That Could Help Regulators Detect Shockwave Therapy

A treatment called extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) is used in patients both human and equine to speed healing of injured tendons and ligaments. Using high-pressure sonic waves, ESWT is thought to increase blood flow to the treated area, and has been shown to reduce pain over the short term. In racehorses, however, masking pain can […]

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CHRB’s New Chairman: Expect Further Reforms In Medication Policy

“The days of permissive medication are over.” So began the tenure of Dr. Gregory Ferraro, a former racetrack veterinarian and past director of the University of California-Davis veterinary teaching hospital, as chairman of the California Horse Racing Board. Ferraro, appointed to the regulatory board earlier this year by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, was unanimously elected […]

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Hancock: If Not The Drugs, Then What Is Causing Fatal Injuries?

It has been many months since the fatal breakdowns at Santa Anita Park in California. All of this time has passed and there has not been one word about what might have caused these tragedies other than some theories that the race track was not in the best shape because of the rains. Hasn’t it […]

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Kentucky Horse Racing Commission Committee Examines Shockwave Rules

The Kentucky Horse Racing Commission’s Welfare and Safety Committee scrutinized the state’s rules on shockwave therapy on Thursday afternoon with a fact-finding session designed to help regulators prevent abuse of the practice. The treatment, which consists of sending short, high pressure pulses to select areas of the body, has been shown to aid healing for […]

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Shockwave: Two Sides of a Therapy

“Shockwave therapy” doesn’t sound like the friendliest of ways to treat an injury (some people mistakenly think it involves electric shocks). The treatment may not be as prickly as its name implies, but like so many other veterinary technologies, the treatment can be used with good or ill intent, depending upon its application. Much racing industry press […]

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Kentucky Regulators Investigate Shock Wave Therapy

Kentucky regulators have begun investigating the use of shock wave therapy in racehorses amid concerns that the treatment could be used improperly as a performance enhancer. The therapy uses high-energy sound waves to increase blood flow as a way of speeding repair and healing of soft tissues and stress fractures. Veterinarians and horsemen say that […]

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I’ll Have Another on vet’s list after undergoing shockwave therapy; O’Neill says it won’t affect Derby training

J. Paul Reddam’s Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby winner I’ll Have Another was automatically put on the vet’s list at Santa Anita Park on April 20 after undergoing extracorporeal shockwave therapy, but trainer Doug O’Neill said the son of Flower Alley will go off the list after 10 days and his training for the Kentucky […]

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