Master of Science (MS)
First Committee Member
John C. Young
Number of Pages
Plasma markers of muscle cell damage, creatine kinase and aspartate aminotransferase, were measured in the serum of 32 endurance exercised horses during a 50-mile endurance ride to determine if supplemental vitamin E singly or in combination with vitamin C could be effective in preventing exercise-induced muscle damage. Blood was collected by jugular venipuncture prior to and at 0, 23, 35, and 50 miles of a 50-mile endurance ride. Both creatine kinase and aspartate aminotransferase increased significantly pre-exercise to post-exercise in both vitamin E and vitamin E plus C groups. Vitamin E plus C was no more effective in preventing muscle damage than vitamin E alone. Additionally, performance times were not different between groups, indicating that although muscle damage did occur during the 50-mile endurance ride, the damage did not have an adverse affect on performance.
Antioxidant; Damage; Effects; Endurance; Horses; Mile; Muscle; Ride; Vitamins
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Marrone, Danielle Irene, "The effect of antioxidant vitamins on muscle damage during a 50-mile endurance ride in horses" (2002). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1459.