Use of technological innovations in broadening the application of equine exercise physiology

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The quadrennial International Conference on Equine Exercise Physiology (ICEEP) allows focused presentations of a variety of horse exercise- and performance-related research data in cardiorespiratory, muscle, biomechanics, nutrition, genomics, and applied physiology. The most diverse section of the ICEEP meeting has been termed variously 'Applied Exercise Physiology' (ICEEP 8 and 9), 'Applied Physiology: Training Methods, Exercise Testing and Selection' (ICEEP 7), or 'Applied Physiology of Athletic Performance' (ICEEP 6 and earlier). The next ICEEP meeting is scheduled to be held in Australia in 2018. In this subspeciality of equine exercise physiology, scientists attempt to apply or put into practical field use the techniques and tools developed in the more basic sciences in order to assess the performance, training, and injury of horses working and performing under true, non-laboratory conditions. The real test of the value of this subspeciality will be the increased application and sustainability of the use of laboratory techniques in the assessment of equine athletes in field settings. This review summarises exercise physiology findings prior to the widespread use of equine laboratory treadmills which have tethered investigators to the laboratory, and explains and illustrates newer, more portable, often digital technological developments which have allowed investigations to move out of the laboratory and back to the field setting where horses train and compete on a daily basis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)137-148
Number of pages12
JournalComparative Exercise Physiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2017


  • GPS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Portable blood analyser
  • Portable endoscopy
  • Treadmill

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biophysics
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Biochemistry
  • Physiology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • veterinary (miscalleneous)
  • Physiology (medical)


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