Sports Medicine - (15 credits)

This module will discuss the intrinsic and extrinsic elements that effect health and performance in animals. A range of injuries associated with different activities will be studied. This includes discussion of up to date diagnostic procedures, veterinary and complementary therapies, rehabilitation methods and prevention. The use of drugs and nutraceuticals as therapeutics and as performance enhancers will be analysed. Equestrian disciplines such as racing, eventing, showjumping, dressage and endurance are associated with stress on different limbs and physiological systems of the horse. It is important for the equine graduate to understand the injuries and conditions that working horses are likely to be predisposed to, how to minimise risk and what treatments are likely to be offered if issues occur.