All movement emanates from the core. The core is made up of muscles that span from the ribs to the pelvis. When these muscles contract in specific ways they can produce a corset-like effect that stabilizes the spine. This stabilization provides the body with a stable center from which movement is produced. Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT, provides four levels of progressive core stabilization exercises directly from her book, Canine Cross Training, Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog. Handlers are taught to understand the importance of movement quality which determines which level of exercise to initiate for core stabilization strengthening. The exercises are taught to canine participants with reward-based training techniques.
Presentation by: Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT
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Sasha A. Foster is the Rehabilitation Coordinator for the Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Department at Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, a faculty member with Canine Rehab Institute and the President of Canine Fitness Zone®. She began her physical therapy career in 2000 after earning her Master’s Degree in Physical Therapy from Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Ten years later she became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist through Canine Rehab Institute. In 2008, she co-authored the Maxwell Award winning book, The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog, A Physical Therapy Approach (Dogwise Publishing, Wenatchee, Washington); a book based on her patented stretching method, straight plane stabilized stretching for animals. She went on to author the The Healthy Way to Stretch Your Dog DVD, Canine Cross Training, Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog, Orthopedic Rehabilitation Home Exercises, Orthopedic PostOperative Home Exercise Protocols, and The Complete Canine Athletic Conditioning Program. She is also a contributing author in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. She spends her free time writing, swimming and doing yoga.
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