Canicross is competitive team sport in which a human athlete is towed via a canine athlete on an elastic gangline. Although human performance factors play a role in the success of the canicross team, the interaction between human and canine athletes may also play a crucial role on the performance of the team. The purpose of this study was to assess the synchronization patterns across different locations in competitive canicross events and investigate the influences of canine mass on a timed trial event. Video was taken at five locations along the trail of two different competitive canicross events. Synchronization was mapped and a total synchronization score was given to each of the 19 canicross teams. The results of the current study suggest that neither synchronization score nor human to canine mass ratios were correlated with performance.
Jendro, Ashlyn M.; Clarke, Sarah B.; Jensen, Randall L.; Wuorinen, Elizabeth; and Hunt, Tim
"SYNCHRONIZATION AND TOWING EFFECT ON ADULT ONE-DOG CANICROSS PERFORMANCE,"
ISBS Proceedings Archive: Vol. 36:
1, Article 19.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/isbs/vol36/iss1/19