Polo Players Edition

JAN 2019

Polo Players' Edition is the official publication of the U.S. Polo Association. Dedicated to the sport of polo, it features player profiles, game strategy, horse care, playing tips, polo club news and tournament results.

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POLO P L A Y E R S E D I T I O N 17 Veterinary Journal analyzed different regenerative medicine treatment techniques (bone marrow stem cells (BM), adipose derived stem cells (AT), and PRP) on tendon injuries in horses compared to treating tendon injuries with saline (saline would be similar to simply just resting your horse). All regenerative medicine techniques used on the tendons increased healing quality compared to not treating, and those tendons where stem cells or PRP were utilized had improved ultrasound exams earlier than non-treatment groups. Bone marrow stem cells and PRP had the best tendon tissue regeneration, leading to better tendon functionality. The advantages of PRP also show the platelets positively influenced the early stages of tissue regeneration and the early phase of healing and may decrease the re- occurrence of tendon injury. The reinjury rate for horses treated with regenerative medicine techniques was significantly lower than when horses were treated with conservative or medical management alone. Thus, showcasing that regenerative medicine techniques can offer sport horses improved quality of tendon healing. Even with regenerative medicine techniques, tendon injuries still need time to heal in combination with a rehabilitation program and serial ultrasound examinations to determine the progression of tendon healing. For any injury your horse has sustained, please consult with your veterinarian on his or her best recommendations for post-injury recovery and plans for gradually getting back into work. Serial ultrasounds can be another tool that helps assess tendon healing so work can be optimized at the appropriate time and should be performed if clinical signs of injury reoccur. Jumping back into work too quickly can result in worsening of the tendon lesion, while progressing too slowly can result in athletic loss of the horse. In conclusion, regenerative medicine techniques in combination with controlled exercise, time and routine ultrasonographic examinations will provide the best opportunity for tendon healing and injury prevention in the future. Polo requires a lot of galloping and quick stops and turns, putting a lot of pressure on tendons. Many injuries can be related to the level of use and conditioning of the horse, or lack of it. Be sure to check over your horses' legs when bandaging them. ProTip: Examine your horses daily, checking for soundness before they are exercised or played. Mentally note how each of your horses' legs look (you can do this when bandaging the legs). Knowing how your horses' legs normally look will help you recognize minor differences. Catching problems early will help prevent major injuries and ultimately save you money and time while the horse is unable to perform.

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