Exercise Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage - Effects of EIPH On Performance

Effects of EIPH On Performance

Epistaxis has been shown to have a marked negative effect on performance. However the effects of endoscopically diagnosed EIPH on performance have been less clear, with conflicting studies reporting a negative, none, and in some cases a positive effect on performance. While single bouts of EIPH may not even be apparent to the rider, owner or trainer of a horse unless an endoscopic examination is undertaken, the effect on performance within a single race appears to be significant but relatively subtle. In a 2005 study, horses finishing races with grade 4 EIPH were on average 6 metres behind those finishing with grade 0. However, the effect of repeated bouts of EIPH that occur with daily training may lead to more significant changes and a greater degree of tissue damage over time with consequent loss of lung function.

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