Meta-analysis of risk factors for racehorse catastrophic musculoskeletal injury in flat racing
PL Hitchens, AV Morrice-West, MA Stevenson, RC Whitton
VETERINARY JOURNAL | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2019
Studies of racehorse injury or fatality in various countries have identified common, and in some cases conflicting, risk factors. We conducted a systematic search of the relevant literature published from 1990 to 2017. Peer-reviewed articles were included if they reported the incidence of fatal or catastrophic musculoskeletal injury (CMI) in Thoroughbred flat races (n=21) or risk factors for CMI (n=65). Pooled effect sizes were estimated using the random-effects DerSimonian-Laird model. The pooled incidence of CMI was 1.17 (95% confidence interval 0.90, 1.44) per 1000 race starts. Almost 300 factors have been investigated in epidemiological studies for potential associations with CMI. Factor..View full abstract
This project is part of the Equine Limb Injury Prevention Research Program funded by Racing Victoria Ltd. (RVL), the Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF) of the Victorian State Government, and the University of Melbourne.