Identification and treatment of common canine sports injuries



Course Description:
This course will discuss the evaluation of sporting dogs for musculoskeletal conditions common to their events.  Common sports will be reviewed, with emphasis on biomechanical aspects that sporting dogs may encounter during competition.  Common sporting injuries of the forelimb, pelvic limb, and spinal column will be reviewed.  Anatomical areas of interest regarding sporting conditions will be performed, concentrating on the shoulder, elbow, hip, stifle, tarsus, and their muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

This course will also concentrate on new biologic treatments, including autologous conditioned plasma (platelet-rich plasma or PRP) and stem cell therapy, along with modalities used in sports medicine, such as heat and cold, therapeutic ultrasound, and therapeutic laser.  Joint injection techniques will also be discussed.  Finally, rehabilitation of common sporting injuries will be discussed, including tendon and ligament conditions, muscle conditions, and joint conditions.

AAVSB RACE Approved #120-27600
CE Hours:  11 hours

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • List and summarize common canine sports
  • Identify and evaluate the most common injuries associated with these sports
  • Develop treatment plans for common sporting injuries


Module 1:  Review of Common Canine Sports

  1. Introduction
  2. Agility
  3. Agility – Studies Regarding Injuries
  4. Agility – Jumping
  5. Frisbee, Flyball, Lure Coursing & Field Trial
  6. Dock Diving, Greyhound Racing, Protection Sports
  7. Sled Dog Racking, Weight Pulling, Barn Hunt, Treiball
  8. Military & Policy Dogs
  9. Search & Rescue Dogs

Module 2:  Determining the Injury – Evaluation of the Canine Athlete

  1. Initial Observations, Sit Test & Stance
  2. Gait Evaluation – Part 1
  3. Gait Evaluation – Part 2
  4. The Spine and Hind limb
  5. The Forelimb and Joint Function

Module 3:  Common Forelimb Injuries and Their Treatment

  1. General Injuries and Osteoarthritis
  2. Biceps Tenosynovitis
  3. Medial Glenohumeral Instability
  4. Supraspinatus Strain and Infraspinatus Contracture
  5. Carpal Injuries

Module 4:  Common Hind Limb Injuries

  1. Hip Dysplasia
  2. Cranial Cruciate Ligament Rupture
  3. Patella Luxation
  4. Muscle Injuries
  5. Common Calcaneal Tendon Injury

Module 5:  Common Spinal & Neurologic Conditions

  1. Pathophysiology & Initial Management
  2. Intervertebral Disk Disease
  3. Cervical & Lumbosacral Disc Disease
  4. Fibrocartilagenous Embolic Myelopathy & Fractures

Module 6:  Biologic Intervention:  PRP & Stem Cell Therapy

  1. Platelet Rich Plasma
  2. Stem Cells
  3. Stem Cells:  Clinical Research
  4. Stem Cells:  Rehabilitation Protocols
  5. Joint Injections

Module 7:  Rehabilitation of Tendon & Ligament Conditions

  1. Surgical Management
  2. Rehabilitation Considerations

Module 8:  Rehabilitation of Muscle Conditions

  1. Muscle Injuries and Fibrotic Myopathy
  2. Iliopsoas, Biceps Tenosynovitis, and Shoulder Instability

Module 9:  Rehabilitation of Joint Conditions

  1. Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injury
  2. Patella Luxation, Hip Replacement & Elbow Dysplasia

Module 10:  Labs

  1. Case Study
  2. Anatomy Lab


AAVSB RACE Approved #120-27600
Credit Hours: 11 Hours (includes testing)

Course meets the requirements for 11 hours (for Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians, Program #120-27600) of continuing education credit in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB’s RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education.

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