Animals Special Edition "Topical Collection "Veterinary Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine"


Dear Colleagues,

Sports medicine and rehabilitation comprise a well-established discipline in human medicine, and the  benefits have been clearly documented and established in the medical literature. Awareness of this field in veterinary medicine has been rapidly growing, and the techniques used in human sports medicine and rehabilitation have been adapted for veterinary use. The growing interest in this field among veterinarians has led to the formation of new specialty colleges, such as the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation and the European College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation.

There is a clear need, and a significant interest on the part of the veterinary profession, to better understand the role of sports medicine and rehabilitation following injury, surgery, and illness, and to improve patient outcomes by incorporating this specialty. Objective outcome measures of physical dysfunction and pain are of great importance, in order to select the optimal treatments and to assess treatment effectiveness. Evidence-based veterinary rehabilitation and sports medicine require knowledge of these outcome measures, as well as the mechanisms of action and efficacy for different treatment protocols in specific diagnoses. The aim of this Collection is to publish original research papers or reviews concerning veterinary rehabilitation and sports medicine for both equine and small animal practice. We hope this information can provide a better understanding of the evidence related to assessment methods, treatment techniques, and interventions utilized.

We invite you to share your recent findings through this Topical Collection.

Prof. Dr. David Levine
Dr. Anna Bergh
Dr. Yves Samoy
Prof. Dr. Darryl Millis
Dr. Heli Katariina Hyytiäinen
Dr. Elin Hernlund
Collection Editor


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