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Title: Physiology and biomechanics relating to equine physiotherapy
Author: Nankervis , Kathryn Jane
Awarding Body: University of the West of England, Bristol
Current Institution: University of the West of England, Bristol
Date of Award: 2013
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This commentary provides evidence of my fulfilment of the requirements for a DPhil via the presentation of publications resulting from my research activity. The overarching theme of the publications is 'Physiology and biomechanics relating to equine physiotherapy'. The portfolio of evidence consists of eight peer-reviewed publications which combine to provide evidence for normal back function in the horse, and the use of manual therapy as a precursor to rehabilitation in order to develop and enhance optimal back function in the horse. Specifically, the papers conside~ 1. suitable periods for physiological and biomechanical acclimation to water treadmill exercise 2. the physiological and biomechanical responses of horses to water treadmill exercise 3. the muH~functional role of the longissimus dorsi muscle in the horse (which has relevence to LD activity in other species) and methods of influencing LD tone and activity 4. the nature of physiological and biomechanical responses of horses to exercise on gradients 5. the safety of treadmill exercise in horses. The commentary is divided into three chapters. Chapter 1 provides an analysis of the contribution of my selected publications to the current knowledge within the field of equine physiology and biomechanics. Chapter 2 describes the application of current knowledge to rehabilitation in practice and Chapter 3 provides a critical review of the study designs and measurement techniques employed in my research. Wrthin this chapter, evidence of my ability to design and implement appropriate empirical methods to test hypotheses and answer research questions is given. The aim of the commentary is to provide evidence as to my ability to generate new knowledge at the forefront of equine physiotherapy via expertise in research methods.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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