Mushing, the sport of shooting dogs, came during the gold rush in Alaska and Canada, when dogs were used for the transportation of drugs and people.
There are different modalities of mushing depending on the terrain in which it is practiced; snow or dirt. In the snow, among the best-known, we find the sled, the Pulka and Skijoring, while ashore, practiced the Quads, tricycle, Bikejoring and Canicross the.
In all these disciplines, the protagonists are the dogs and mushers and handlers are the first thing and the most important thing. For that, devoted a large part of their time to their care. The most commonly used breeds of dogs for the sport of shooting include Husky, badmuntés, Samoyed and Greenlandic although, in recent years crosses with hunting dogs have been made to increase speed and strength; These crosses the Huskies are born.
In different disciplines of physiotherapy intervention plays a very important role to provide answers to the problems and injuries that this practice entails, above all at the musculoskeletal level. The most common problems that arise are inflammations in Carpi, injury of Plantar, problems in the hips, bruises, stretching, distensions, contractures, muscle tension (overload), Tendinopathies, fibrillar breaks, joint locks and to a lesser extent injuries of brachial plexus above all of them running in snow.
The physiotherapist should manage the different techniques (massage, manipulative techniques mobilizations analytical and global, functional bandages and proprioceptive, cryotherapy, thermotherapy, electrotherapy, techniques, proprioceptive, etc, although the priority of the physiotherapist with these superathletes is to influence the prevention of lesions by means of exercises customized for each animal that were held during workouts and competitions.
To avoid injury, it is very important that animal use suitable material. Required the use of a collar that is not punishment or strangulation; a special harness for this sport which allows the dog freedom without causing damage. There are three types of harnesses: in X, What are the most used, most appropriate for long distance h and drag for large loads. Also requires the use of boots to protect Plantar them and finally thermal blankets that it is used in extreme cold conditions and in case of removing an animal and loaded into the sled to prevent you from hypothermia.
Marta Subirats Laguarda
Canine orthopedic technique
Canine physical therapist of the Kobalaq team
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