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Journal collection helps equine vets prepare for the heat and humidity of the Tokyo Olympics

The equestrian events will be a challenge for all involved to ensure the health and safety of equine athletes

The COVID-19-delayed Tokyo Olympics will take place in the heat and humidity of the Japanese Summer this year, in temperatures likely to reach more than 41°C (105°F). To help involved vets keep equine athletes safe in such heat, the Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) is giving free to read access to a Special Collection of previously published articles covering the health and welfare of horses competing in hot and humid conditions.

The Special Collection contains 11 highly relevant papers together with a comprehensive editorial forward from Christopher Elliott.

“This is not the first time that extreme heat and humidity has challenged the viability of Equestrian events at the Olympic Games,” said Christopher Elliott. “It is vital that we learn from the past to ensure the welfare of equine athletes in the future.”

The Special Collection highlights the ground-breaking research which followed the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

“This work revolutionised our understanding of managing equine athletes in hot and humid conditions,” said Christopher. “It optimised identification and management of heat stress and allowed practical solutions to cooling methods to be established, enabling the successful running of the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.”

In the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics another concerted effort by veterinary researchers further advanced understanding and it is on the back of this work that recent literature of equine heat stress and optimisation of cooling methods has been established.

Special Collection: Preparing for Tokyo Olympics

Article details

  • Date
  • 12 May 2021
  • Source
  • BEVA
  • Subject(s)
  • Horses and other Equines