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What is a canine athlete?

By M. C. Zink, J. B. van Dyke

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Canine sports medicine and rehabilitation is the newest specialty in veterinary medicine. It encompasses and integrates a variety of fields, including orthopedics, exercise physiology, neurology, cardiology, pulmonology, nutrition, and others. Rehabilitation, which includes conditioning maintaining, and regaining fitness, is a critical partner to canine sports medicine. Canine athletes include dogs that compete in performance events as varied as agility trials, obedience trials, and disc dog competitions, as well as working dogs such as police/military dogs, search and rescue dogs, and assistance dogs for the disabled. Canine sports medicine and rehabilitation professionals play a pivotal role in helping canine athletes and working dogs recover after injury or illness. They work to prevent reinjury while moving the patient back to a state of muscular ability, endurance, coordination, balance, and flexibility that allows them to train and compete as well as or perhaps better than they did before. Understanding the physical activities that are involved in the different performance events and the jobs that working dogs perform is critical to devising targeted rehabilitation for sports/working dogs after injury or illness, and for retraining them to perform their specific duties. This is best accomplished by attending athletic/working dog training sessions and competitions.

Pages 1-18
ISBN/ISSN 978-0-8138-1216-8
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Language English
Author Address American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, P.O. Box F, Fort Collins, CO 80522, USA.
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  1. Animal anatomy
  2. Animal behavior
  3. Animal injuries
  4. Animal nutrition
  5. Animal physiology
  6. Animals
  7. Animal sports
  8. Biochemistry
  9. Canidae
  10. Canine
  11. Cardiovascular health
  12. Carnivores
  13. Diets
  14. Diseases and injuries of animals
  15. Dogs
  16. Exercise
  17. Feeding
  18. Locomotion
  19. Mammals
  20. Movement
  21. muscles
  22. Orthopedics
  23. Pets and companion animals
  24. respiratory system
  25. Sport animals
  26. Sports
  27. systems
  28. therapy
  29. training
  30. vertebrates
  31. Working animals