Taking Strides for Safest Racing

Limb Injury 2000x1000

Access to stride and speed data gathered in Tasmania by electronic GPS tracking system StrideMASTER has been another important step forward for the program, with researchers able to make the link between reduced performance and an increase in injury risk by analysing in competition data.

“The data we have received from Tasracing and StrideMASTER has been extremely useful. We’re seeing that for all injuries, muscular and skeletal, that horses reduce their peak speed and reduce their stride length for up to five races before an injury takes place,” Dr Whitton said.

“That’s really important data because it allows us to identify outward signs in horse performance that warrant further investigation to assess and treat low-level injuries before they become bigger issues.”

Read full article

Image Courtesy of VRC