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A Survey of Injuries Occuring in Dogs Participating in Agility
Anecdotal reports of injuries to the dog athletes that participate in agility have raised concerns over specific obstacles, course design, and training methods. Before any changes are made, it is essential to determine if these anecdotes are unfortunate, isolated events or the harbingers of a trend. To achieve this, we need to look at the population at risk (your dogs) and determine the factors that directly affect them. A survey is a useful tool for alerting us to those factors. One year ago many of you participated in our survey that asked you to report injuries that your dogs sustained while training for, or trialing in, agility. The survey was available on the Clean Run website and as hard copy in the January 2006 issue of Clean Run magazine. We requested that you report on the two years prior to the survey and that you respond even if your dogs were not injured. We received more than 1600 responses. We would like to report to you what we have learned
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An Evaluation of the Motions of Competition Seesaws: Short Reprint
Note: This is the 2-page summary article that appeared in Clean Run magazine. See the article below for the complete study and results. The seesaw is unlike any other obstacle on a dog agility course in that the performance on the obstacle depends on the performance of the obstacle. Variations in plank, fulcrum, and base construction directly influence the motion characteristics of each seesaw design. In an effort to insure consistency of performance, the organizational bodies for the sport of dog agility have been quite specific about plank dimensions and pivot height. However, they have been less precise when defining a seesaw’s response to varying conditions of load. Because of this, a variety of seesaw solutions have been designed and constructed, each with its own set of performance characteristics. The rate of descent, support base movement, plank vibration and noise are all influenced by the design solution and the materials chosen to execute that design. In an effort to understand the effect of design variations on the performance of a seesaw, we evaluated three distinct designs.
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An Evaluation of the Motions of Competition Seesaws: Full Study
The seesaw is unlike any other obstacle on a dog agility course in that the performance on the obstacle depends on the performance of the obstacle. Variations in plank, fulcrum, and base construction directly influence the motion characteristics of each seesaw design. In an effort to insure consistency of performance, the organizational bodies for the sport of dog agility have been quite specific about plank dimensions and pivot height. However, they have been less precise when defining a seesaw’s response to varying conditions of load. Because of this, a variety of seesaw solutions have been designed and constructed, each with its own set of performance characteristics. The rate of descent, support base movement, plank vibration and noise are all influenced by the design solution and the materials chosen to execute that design. In an effort to understand the effect of design variations on the performance of a seesaw, we evaluated three distinct designs.
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