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June 2021


MagnaWave made contact with the PTHA and remains prepared to file an injunction if further action transpires.  Additionally, BEMER general counsel is involved and working to get an updated or retracted statement. Up to this point, no PEMF devices have been confiscated and the statement below seems to be ineffectual.

Link to full statement:


Transcribed below:


To: Parx Horsemen

The following is a letter sent from our PA Director of Thoroughbred Racing. Please advise all of your employees as to the possession and use of stated therapeutic devices.

Good afternoon,

Based upon investigation and discussions, there appears to be a lack of understanding regarding the use of Extracorporeal shock wave devices/therapies or radial pulse wave devices/therapies or like devices or treatments. I have attached the section of the regulations ( 403.7) for your reference.

This section covers not only shock wave devices but other similar devices, treatments and therapies. Two examples of other devices/therapies that are regulated by section 403.7 are Magna Wave and Bemer blankets. There are many others that fall into this category but too many to list but feel free to contact me with your questions.
Section 403.7 provides for the use of these devices and therapies under strict guidelines. One of the major guidelines is that only licensed vets can use and possess. This is not the current practice. Currently, owners, trainers, vendors and grooms not only possess the device but administer therapy. This is a violation of the regulation. There are additional conditions listed in 403.7 that must be adhered to for their use.

Be advised, effective June 7th, Commission staff will conduct an investigation of the barn area looking for devices, treatments and therapies not in accordance with regulation 403.7. Non-compliance will be considered a violation. 403.7 lists the penalty for said non-compliance.

I would appreciate if you notify your horsemen.

I appreciate your assistance.


Thomas Chuckas Jr.
Director of Thoroughbred Horse Racing
2301 North Cameron Street
Harrisburg,PA 17110
[email protected]

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