7 December 2021

Sports Medicine – Field techniques

The 5th module of the advanced training in the horse’s musculoskeletal and medical sports conditions will take place on 20 – 23 January 2022.

Podoblock is an annual sponsor of the Advanced Training modules, and we will be supplying various products to use in practical demonstration.

Module 5: Sports Medicine 1 – Field Techniques

The module will cover field techniques used to investigate poor performance in sport horses which will run for 4 days with 8 contact hours, totalling 32 hours. DR. Emmanuelle van Erck and Maria Martin Cuervo will conduct the training in English.

Learning Objectives

  1. To recognize the most common clinical manifestations of poor performance.
  2. To identify the most prevalent medical causes of poor performance, across different equestrian disciplines and interpret their relative importance.
  3. To know the anamnesis clues and which routine tests can be used to guide choice of other more specific tests and/or diagnosis.
  4. To conceive a rational approach to investigate poor performance using appropriate tests and complimentary diagnostic tools.
  5. To evaluate the routine bloodwork (haematology and biochemistry) of sport horses of different disciplines in different contexts e.g. training, competition and recovery and to interpret abnormalities.
  6. To be familiar with clinic-pathological tests, other than routine bloodwork, used to investigate poor performance.
  7. To understand the pathophysiology of overtraining, its clinical manifestations and approaches to work-up of affected cases.
  8. To identify environmental and dietary factors that can contribute to performance loss and approaches to managing these.
  9. To be able to perform a field test to measure performance and aerobic/anaerobic capacity and interpret lactate.
  10. To perform descriptive statistics (using spreadsheets and graphs [Excel©]) to monitor horse health and performance over time.
  11. To identify the diagnostic tools used to investigate conditions involving muscular dysfunction, to include:
    • a. Interpretation of clinicopathologic changes.
    • Knowledge of biopsy technique including best locations to perform according to the suspected diseases and how to prepare correctly the biopsied tissue to transport to the laboratory.
  12. To identify the diagnostic tools used to investigate respiratory conditions affecting performance.
    • To be familiar with resting and dynamic respiratory video-endoscopy and when it is indicated.
    • To be able to perform a broncheoalveolar lavage (BAL), using either an endoscope or a BAL tube; including how to process and interpret results of a BAL.
    • To know how to perform a tracheal wash and when it is indicated.
  13. To identify the diagnostic tools used to investigate gastrointestinal conditions affecting performance.
    • To interpret gastroscopy images
    • To investigate cases with chronic diarrhoea
    • Abdominal ultrasound
  14.  To produce therapeutic plans based on elements of the Internal Medicine Veterinary College consensus.
  15. To construct scientifically evidence-based nutritional supplementation plans for sport horses.

About Event

Ongoing practical training for professionals with an emphasis on locomotor injuries and sports medicine. The training has four core workshops covering the anatomical, biomechanical and imaging evaluation of all the horse’s regions and the primary therapeutics. Two additional modules will cover the use of quantitative movement analysis and field sports medicine in clinical practice.

About the Organisation

EQUARTER is a continuous training company developed by Dr Jairo Jaramillo Cárdenas and his wife, Dr Gabriela Chiesa Sá Cardenas, specialising in the locomotor system. It organises general and personalised training in several South and Latin American countries and Dubai and North Korea. It arrives for the first time in Europe and Portugal by Dr Mónica Mira of AL EQUINE 4VETS, the component of the company AL EQUINE aimed at specific products and services for equine veterinary doctors.

To learn more about the event, such as cost and registration, please follow the link: Al Equine