An investigation into the influence of trained turning direction on passive range of motion, and static weight distribution in the forelimbs of dogs that compete in flyball

20/06/2024 by in Dogs

Participating in flyball is thought to pose higher risk of injury to the forelimbs, especially during high velocity turns performed in the same direction (either left or right). This study investigated whether turning direction on the flyball box influences passive range of motion (PROM) of the carpus, elbow and shoulder, and forelimb static weight distribution (SWD) symmetry in flyball dogs.


  • Turning direction had a significant effect on SWD.
  • For all dogs and when comparing turning direction, there was no significant difference in PROM of the forelimb joints between contralateral limbs.
  • No significant correlations were identified between joint PROM and SWD.

Authors: Wild M., Davidson V.

Presented at Animal Chiropractic and Rehabilitation Conference, April 2024.