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contests of speed and endurance with serious biochemical and physiological consequences lessened by adequate training beforehand. See also physical fitness, exertional rhabdomyolysis, heat exhaustion, pulmonary hemorrhage, epistaxis, exhaustion.

racing dogs
usually refers to Greyhounds and Whippets, but in some instances may be used to describe the dogs used for endurance sledge racing.
racing pigeons
a variety of pigeons, bred and selected to fly long distances back to their own homes. Races are conducted as time trials with groups of birds being released at specific times and their arrival clocked in.
racing plates
lightweight, single-use, horseshoes made of aluminum and with a fullered contact surface; see also horseshoeing.

Patient discussion about racing

Q. what causes the heart to race so fst it feels like it going to come right out your chest?

A. Too much caffeine or alcohol or food can sometimes cause your heart to race in an erratic way. Heart rhythm problems (arrhythmias) occur when the electrical impulses in your heart that coordinate your heartbeats don't function properly, causing your heart to beat too fast, too slow or irregularly.

Arrhythmias are common and usually harmless. Most people have occasional, irregular heartbeats that may feel like a skipped, fluttering or racing heart. However, some heart arrhythmias may cause bothersome — sometimes even life-threatening — signs and symptoms. Hope this helps.

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We determined the prevalence of Mycoplasma species and PHV-1 infection in racing pigeons in the western part of the Netherlands.
Legor, considered a master racer by many, and a few area diehard pigeon aficionados continue breeding and racing the birds as members of the Chicopee-based Central Massachusetts Racing Pigeon Club.
Mike Jones, Secretary of the Pontypridd and District Homing Society, with one of his racing pigeons PICTURE: Peter Bolter [umlaut]
I remember my first encounter with the racing pigeon club.
Ask the Government for help in trying to protect racing pigeons, against peregrine attacks in particular, and we are told that we cannot protect our own property - racing pigeons make up 85% of a peregrine's diet.
Predators putting racing pigeons under threat include peregrine falcons and sparrowhawks.
In the 1990s, McKenzie conned two Lanarkshire OAPs out of pounds 4000 for birds he falsely claimed were top racing pigeons.
MY heart went out to Man Of The People Stephen Maguire in his candid piece about having to give up his racing pigeons because of family and other commitments.
There were also racing pigeons on sale from breeders and lofts in the Midlands, around the UK and Belgium, with prices ranging from pounds 15 to several hundred - cheap in a sport where top birds can change hands for six-figure sums.
A geophysicist at the US Geological Society in California has claimed that the Concorde supersonic jet is confusing the homing instincts of racing pigeons.