Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation
Here at VSC, we recognize the athleticism of our patients who are working dogs, canine athletes or who are highly active. Their lifestyle and daily efforts require a special medical approach as compared to our companion patients. The specialists that work with these animals require a working knowledge of the anatomical, physiological and psychological demands placed upon these dogs. Directed by one of the leading forces in veterinary sports medicine, VSC’s department of sports medicine and rehabilitation is devoted to the special needs of these active and working dogs, as well as, canine athletes.
Dr. Robert Gillette heads the department of sports medicine and rehabilitation that is divided into two areas of interest, pre-performance and post-performance.
Conditioning and training for optimum output and prevention of illness and injury.
Decisions of treatment and/or therapy of an injury and the rehabilitation program that allows the athlete to return to work safely and efficiently.
Areas of influence are:
Areas of influence are:
VSC’s department of sports medicine and rehabilitation focus primarily on three detrimental conditions that inhibit and/or affect performance: fatigue, pain and/or drive (psychology).
- Fatigue – The second that energy and focus is diverted away from the activity and utilized by the body to simply maintain function, the level of performance diminishes.
- Pain– Dogs have the ability to minimize pain by altering their body movements so that it is unnoticed by the naked eye. The altered movements force stress upon the rest of the body and lead to secondary (even tertiary) gait problems causing breakdown and injury to occur.
- Drive (Psychology)– The will to perform/compete can override genetics, training or medical conditions. Though good for a single event, passion can push the body past normal limits and affect future performances and cause fatigue and/or serious pain (see above bullet regarding fatigue and pain).
For more information regarding the department of sports medicine and rehabilitation or to schedule a consultation, visit us today at vetspecialty.com or call 847.459.7535.
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