A game-changer for knee osteoarthritis – SportsCare’s GLA:D exercise program   

July 28, 2023

What is knee osteoarthritis?  

Knee osteoarthritis (KOA) is a prevalent degenerative joint condition that affects individuals of various age groups, leading to chronic joint pain, stiffness, and reduced mobility. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2017-18 National Health Survey (NHS), an estimated 2.2 million (9.3%) Australians currently live with some form of osteoarthritis. 

It significantly impacts an individual’s quality of life, limiting their ability to perform daily activities and participate in sports or recreational activities. And exercise has emerged as an important component in managing KOA and related injuries.  

Knee osteoarthritis and the power of exercise 

Regular exercise offers numerous benefits in managing knee osteoarthritis (KOA) and related injuries. Exercise can effectively reduce pain by strengthening the muscles around the knee joint, providing better support and stability. It also improves joint flexibility, enhancing range of motion and easing stiffness. Additionally, exercise helps to maintain a healthy weight, relieving excessive pressure on the knee joints.  

It is crucial to choose the right exercises to avoid aggravating the condition. Low-impact activities are gentle on the joints while providing cardiovascular benefits. Engaging in targeted exercises, under professional guidance, can effectively manage KOA symptoms, improve mobility, and promote a better quality of life for individuals living with this condition.   

A proven solution – our new GLA:D program 

The GLA:D program is a comprehensive approach designed specifically for individuals suffering from hip or knee osteoarthritis, aiming to enhance their overall wellbeing and alleviate symptoms related to the condition. Developed by researchers in Denmark, this program combines education and exercise sessions to optimise movement quality and minimise osteoarthritic discomfort. 

One of the key components of the GLA:D program is its emphasis on education. Participants receive valuable information about osteoarthritis, including the advantages of regular exercise in managing symptoms and enhancing joint function. By understanding the underlying mechanisms of their condition, individuals are empowered to take an active role in their own health and make informed decisions regarding their treatment. 

Over the course of six weeks, the program incorporates a total of 12 supervised exercise sessions and two educational sessions led by our certified GLA:D Physiotherapists or Exercise Physiologists. 

During the 60-minute exercise sessions, participants engage in tailored exercises that are specifically designed to address their unique needs and goals. The intensity and progression of these exercises are determined based on individual assessments conducted during the initial screening consultation, ensuring a personalised and effective approach to treatment. 

The knowledge and skills acquired through the GLA:D program empowers participants to continue practicing self-management strategies beyond the six-week duration, promoting long-term positive outcomes and self-care for their condition. 

Exercise classes at SportsCare 

At SportsCare, our exercise classes are a cut above the rest, offering a unique blend of expertise and diversity, whether you’re seeking recovery from an injury, improved strength and flexibility, or a more holistic approach to fitness. 

Discover a diverse range of invigorating exercise classes, uniquely designed by our team of seasoned Physiotherapists and Exercise Physiologists, at our various locations across Canberra. Unlock your potential for wellness and fitness as you engage in expert-led sessions catered to your specific needs and goals.  

Our classes are designed with your convenience in mind, lasting 45 minutes so you can easily incorporate them into your busy schedule. Our classes are accessible and affordable and can be claimed through private health funds. 

To ensure your safety and personalised experience, we start every participant’s journey with a quick assessment conducted by our clinicians. This way, we can tailor the classes to meet your individual needs and goals. At SportsCare, we prioritise your wellbeing, and we’re here to support you every step of the way. 

The following exercise classes are offered at our following locations:  

Clinic LocationClass Available  
BartonGLA:D program
BartonStrength Class
Dickson (Woolley and Cowper St) Knee 1 and Knee 2 Classes
Dickson (Woolley and Cowper St)Move Like a Girl Class
Dickson (Woolley and Cowper St)Pilates Class
Dickson (Woolley St) Running Lab Run Strong and Running Classes
Weston Mat Class
WestonMobility Class

Discover more about the effectiveness of our exercise classes and our new GLA:D program by getting in contact with your local SportsCare clinic here.  

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