The Connect blog is where you will find practical, science-based information on injury prevention and recovery, improving your health and fitness and maximizing sports performance. Our goal is to share evidence combined with clinical and coaching experience to help you live, move and perform to the best of your ability.

Cycling: A Symphony of Strength and PrecisionCycling isn't just a sport; it's a symphony of strength, endurance, power, and precision. If you're an experienced cyclist looking to boost your performance during the long winter season, consider adding strength and power training.The Intersection of Strength and CyclingTo elevate your cycling prowess, combining resistance training with aerobic conditioning is key. But many highly trained endurance cyclists wonder: Does strength and power training truly enhance their performance? Meticulous and purposeful planning holds the answer.Benefits of Resistance Training for CyclistsResistance training offers numerous benefits, such as improved motor unit recruitment, muscle growth, and faster

Are you experiencing a sharp pain in your knee when walking, squatting, or going up and down stairs? It could be a sign of a meniscus lesion. Knee pain is a common complaint amongst many individuals, both young and old, as well as athletes and the general population. One of the often-seen causes is a meniscus lesion. As a provider of physiotherapy in Edmonton, we frequently encounter patients with this knee injury. In this article, we’ll delve into what a meniscus lesion is, its causes, symptoms, and how physiotherapy can help alleviate the pain and aid in recovery.Defining the Injury:

Back pain is a common complaint that many people experience, but not all back pain is the same. One specific type of back injury that can cause significant discomfort is the lumbar disc herniation. If you've ever felt a sharp pain when moving or bending, or experienced persistent lower back pain, with or without pain into your legs, you might be dealing with this condition. Let's dive into the details.Anatomy of the lumbar discImagine the discs in your spine as jelly-filled donuts. The outer part, known as the annulus fibrosus, is like the dough, while the inner part, the nucleus

Muscular power plays a crucial role in strength training, particularly for enhancing sports performance. The push press emerges as a standout exercise in this context. This whole-body movement not only boosts athletic performance and muscular power but also offers an alternative to squats for targeting the knee extensors or quadriceps.Why Choose the Push Press?Incorporating the push press into your workout routine brings several benefits: Full Body Activation: This exercise mainly targets leg muscles like the quadriceps and gastrocnemius. However, it's not restricted to a single muscle group. It's a holistic movement engaging your entire body. Enhanced Force Transmission: The push

A Closer Look at the AC JointAt the top of our shoulder lies the acromioclavicular (AC) joint, a pivotal point that facilitates many of our daily movements. When this joint is injured, it can result in pain, especially when lifting the arm or reaching across the body. In this guide, we'll explore AC joint separation, its causes, symptoms, and the role of physiotherapy in its management.What is Acromioclavicular Joint Separation?The AC joint is where the scapula's acromion process meets the clavicle's lateral end. Think of it as a bridge connecting two crucial bones in your shoulder. An AC separation indicates

Shoulder pain is a common complaint among people of all ages. It can be caused by various factors, but two often seen causes are atraumatic and traumatic shoulder instability. These conditions can lead to further shoulder injury and pain when moving the arm overhead or behind the back. In this blog post, we'll delve into what these conditions are, their risk factors, symptoms, and how physiotherapy can help manage them.Atraumatic Shoulder Instability: What is it?The shoulder is a complex joint, and its stability is crucial for our daily activities. Atraumatic Multidirectional Instability (MDI) is a condition where the shoulder joint

Welcome to our guide on Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome (PFPS), commonly known as runner's knee. If you're experiencing knee pain during activities like walking, running, or even using stairs, you're not alone. PFPS, characterized by an ache in the front of your knee, is the leading cause of knee pain in the active population. With a prevalence of 12-15% in the overall population, and women being twice as likely to develop it, PFPS is a condition that affects many. This guide will help you understand the anatomy of your knee, the role of the patellofemoral joint, and how imbalances can lead

At Connect Physiotherapy & Exercise, we often encounter patients dealing with discomfort and pain in the knee because of injury to one or more of the cruciate ligaments. Often this injury is simply referred to as a knee sprain. These injuries, especially those involving the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), are a source of knee pain that can significantly impact an individual's mobility and quality of life.A ligament sprain occurs when the forces acting on the tissue exceed its viscoelastic capacity. This means the tissue is stretched beyond its ability to return to its original shape. Imagine stretching a rubber band