Flat-Coated Retriever Injury Surveillance Study

The Auburn University Veterinary Sports Medicine Program (AUVSMP) would like to invite you to participate in the Flat-Coated Retriever Injury Surveillance Study funded by the National Flat Coated Retriever Foundation. Canine sports have become increasingly popular in recent years. Patterns are starting to appear for injuries associated with particular performance events and breeds. These injuries tend to show relationships with abnormal stresses being placed on precise anatomical areas in a dog's body. These stresses can result in injuries that occur due to a single event or they may be chronic injuries as a result of repetitive trauma. Also dogs may be prone to certain illnesses which may be related to particular sports. The purpose of this research project is to obtain athletic injury and illness data from Flat Coated Retrievers. The data will be collected over a one year period using a survey and will be loaded into a database. The data will be analyzed to provide reports of injury and illness statistics and trends. The reports will be generated to aid in the achievement of the highest safety standards for Flat-Coated Retrievers. The reports will be issued to the National Flat-Coated Retriever Foundation for disbursement to members and other relevant organizations. In addition, through further research the information will lead to improved techniques of injury prevention, evaluation, treatment and rehabilitation to meet the needs of Flat-Coated Retriever athletes.

The staff of the AUVSMP has an expertise in biomechanics, exercise physiology, and sports medicine. This expertise allows us to evaluate various injury mechanisms and various illness onsets. The AUVSMP has established a database in which qualified professionals can submit injury and illness information. The test subjects for the database are any athletic pure breed Flat-Coated Retriever competing in any sport. There is no cap on the amount of subjects entered into the database. Veterinarians or Trainers can fill out a medical history survey and submit it on line at our website . Interested parties should fill out our on line survey only after an injury or illness has occurred to their dog . If and when a dog becomes injured/ill, fill out the medical history survey, see your veterinarian and have him/her fill out the Medical Injury/Illness Diagnosis Form which can be printed at our website.  Then mail that form to the AUVSMP. Thank you for participating in our study.


Dr. Robert Gillette (Director)
Craig Angle (Research Associate)
Sherry Johnston (Program Technician)

The Flat-Coated Retriever Study
The Auburn University Veterinary Sports Medicine Program

Craig Angle M.Ed, M.Ed, ATC, CSCS
Veterinary Sports Medicine Program
Auburn University
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