Joint Effort

FOR HIP AND KNEE OSTEOARTHRITIS

What is JointEffort?

It's for healthier hip and knee joints! The University of Calgary’s JointEffort program is a 6-week exercise program for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis. JointEffort is ideal for people who don’t qualify for surgery, need to prepare for surgery or have had a joint replacement. 

JointEffort patient places foot on fitness ball
JointEffort participant works on her knee osteoarthritis

Each 6-week Joint Effort program includes:

Virtual program

Our experts will supervise neuromuscular training sessions specifically tailored to individuals with hip and/or knee osteoarthritis.

Group workouts

Currently not available.

Participate in 11 supervised group exercise sessions throughout the six weeks.

Nutrition

Attend a one-hour group nutrition session with the University's team of health and joint experts. 


knee joint inflammed
Hip joint inflamed

GLA:D® Good Life Arthritis: Denmark

GLA:D® is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for individuals with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. Facilities around the world collect data from GLA:D® patients to contribute to greater research and discoveries into managing the symptoms and pain of osteoarthritis. This program is increasingly recommended by doctors to help patients with those symptoms.

Classes will run twice a week for one hour over 7 weeks. Exercise sessions are a circuit-based program of neuromuscular training. Research from GLA:D® in Denmark shows participants report less pain, reduced use of pain killers, fewer individuals on sick leave, and the ability to lead a more physically active lifestyle. 

Each 7-week GLA:D program includes:

Education component

Attend two education sessions where you'll learn about osteoarthritis, its risk factors, the positive impact of exercise, and how to self-manage your osteoarthritis symptoms.

Group exercise

Participate in 12 one-hour neuromuscular workout sessions where you will build muscular strength through functional exercises, and learn how to apply these movements to everyday activities.

Data research

You will have the opportunity for data collection and quality monitoring. Measures are taken at your initial visit, 3 months and 12 months. Contributing this data to the research helps GLA:D® monitor how the program is working for participants to help improve the overall program.

Registering for JointEffort:

Call 403.220.8814 or email smithe@ucalgary.ca to obtain a registration package.

The JointEffort registration package and individualized program design MUST be completed prior to the first class.  A physician’s consent may be required to participate in JointEffort.

See below to register.

Registering for GLA:D®

Please complete all portions of the registration form soon after your registration and submit it to smithe@ucalgary.ca at least one week prior to the start of class. Please complete the online waiver prior to your arrival to the first class.

See below to register.

Joint Effort Virtual (hip and knee osteoarthritis) Programs


Joint Effort

For healthier hip and knee joints! The University of Calgary’s Joint Effort program is a 6-week exercise program for people with hip or knee osteoarthritis. Joint Effort is ideal for people who don’t qualify for surgery, need to prepare for surgery or have had a joint replacement.

Runs twice a week in one of these time blocks:
Mon/Weds  |  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue/Thur  |  10:00 am - 11:00 am
Tue/Thur  |  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Learn more about JointE ffort

Joint Effort 6-week follow up

Continue to work on your fitness after you’ve completed the initial Joint Effort program. These effective once-a-week sessions will help keep you on track and exercising with proper technique.

Prerequisite: Joint Effort 6-week initial program

Runs once a week in one of these time blocks:
Mon or Weds  |  7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue or Thur  |  10:00 am - 11:00 am
Tue or Thur  |  5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

*Registration in each class is limited and based on a "first registered basis"

Learn more about Joint Effort 6-week follow up

Joint Effort Personal Training

This training package provides 1.5, 3, 5, 10, or 20 hours of personal training sessions. The client will receive one-on-one training time with a certified instructor. All programs are specifically designed to meet the individual's goals, with elements of strength training, cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, balance and coordination.

Learn more about Joint Effort Personal Training

GLA:D / GLAD

GLAD is an education and exercise program developed by researchers in Denmark for individuals with hip or knee osteoarthritis symptoms. This virtual program includes two education sessions, 12 neuromuscular exercise sessions (60 minutes each) and the opportunity for data collection and quality monitoring (measures taken at initial visit, upon comple of the program and 12 months). Classes will run twice a week for one hour over 7 weeks.

Runs twice a week at these times:
Tues/Thurs | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Tues/Thurs | 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm *This class will only run if the 1st class fills up*

Learn more about GLAD