Strengthening Your Lower Extremity, Part 1

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Your lower extremity is the control and foundation for all movements where we run, jump, cut, pivot and move whether in sport or within our everyday life. Proper movement mechanics and strengthening is critical to avoiding injury, gradual recovery in rehabilitation sessions and improving overall sport performance. Allison Gaudet, registered physiotherapist at our Cambridge and Kitchener-Downtown clinics, explains how to progress through squats and lunges to achieve optimal results. 

Allison Gaudet MScPT, BSc(Kin), MClScPT(Manip), FCAMPT, AFCI
Registered Physiotherapist

Allison joined GRSM in August 2017.  Allison graduated with her MSc Physical Therapy from the University of Alberta in 2009 and her BSc Kinesiology(Hon) from the University of Waterloo in 2005.  Most recently she completed her MClSc Physical Therapy (Manip) at Western University in July 2017. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Manipulative Physiotherapy (FCAMPT). Fellows that have completed extensive post-graduate education have attained internationally recognized qualifications in hands-on manipulative therapy. They provide focused treatment based on research-guided techniques that speed up patient recovery while educating them about their condition to reduce the risk of relapse. Allison is also certified in acupuncture through the Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute. She has also completed training in various soft tissue techniques. Along with these designations, her passion lies in working with athletes from all aspects of life ranging from youth to the elite performance. She focuses on injury prevention, keeping athletes in sports, sport performance, ACL(knee) rehabilitation and chronic ankle instability. She has had the privilege to participate various trainings focusing on injury prevention programming and sport performance dryland training which facilitates her passion working with numerous sports teams and individual athletes, young and old.

Her journey led her down many exceptional pathways including working with the Canadian Armed Forces at CFB Edmonton over the past 4 years, while continuing to work with the injury prevention team at an elite sports physiotherapy clinic in Sherwood Park, AB where she spent most of her time before engaging fulltime with the Canadian Armed Forces. She worked with varsity athletes and teams from universities throughout Western Canada, Alberta Soccer Association coaching staff, soccer academies, basketball and rugby teams, hockey academies, swim clubs, track athletes and a multitude of other athletes.

Allison extends the passion of her work into her active lifestyle. She loves to cycle (road and mountain bike), play volleyball and find various hiking and camping adventures – front and back country. She is also an avid sports fan – notably baseball, hockey, football and basketball.

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