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Winter Running Inspiration

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by jdcadmin No Comments

Join us on Thursday January 26, 2017 @ 6:45pm – 9:30pm

2016 has been a great year at Movement Sports Clinic, as we had the opportunity to treat so many talented Calgarians.

Come and hear from five of these individuals and elite Calgary based runners as they tell their stories and discuss some running hot topics. If you are in a winter running funk or are needing motivation this evening should make you want to lace up and get running. This event is also a fundraiser for MitoCanada, a charity that fundraises to improve awareness and raise money for research on mitochondrial disease. This inherited disorder impacts energy production of our cells and leads to developmental, movement and

Tickets are $25. All admission fees will go directly to MitoCanada.

Calgary Corporate Challenge Truck Pull & 10KM Run

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by Movement Sports Clinic No Comments

Calgary Corporate Challenge 2016Movement Sports Clinic was proud to help support the Calgary Corporate Challenge (CCC) teams in the Truck pull and 10km run in September 2016. The CCC is a non-profit company that engages companies of all sizes in Calgary for team building, exposure and networking opportunities. Raising funds for local charities is also an important component of the CCC.

Movement provided massage and physiotherapy services to 60 athletes and volunteers over the two events which are part of the September Games.  Tyson Plesuk, PT (Physiotherapist) and Louise Taylor, PT (Physiotherapist), helped mobilize and release backs and necks of volunteers setting up at the Truck Pull on Saturday, September 10th. Once the event started we helped participants loosen up their bodies and activate muscles between heats and also provided education on self-management initiatives. As it was Family Day we also worked with several kids who were at the Stampede grounds event to support their parents.

On Sunday, September 11th, over 1000 athletes showed up in the rainy and cool weather to run and walk 10km. Louise and Tyson enjoyed helping runners and volunteers both prepare for and recover from the event. Many of the participants had also been involved in the Truck Pull the day before and were heading on to the Volleyball event later the same day.

We were inspired by the dedication of volunteers in their hard work for setup and takedown of the events. Participants were enthusiastic for their events and showed great commitment to their companies. Great thanks to Robyn Malcolm and her project coordination team for including us in this event.

Movement Sports Clinic looks forward to helping out at this event next time. Good luck to all participants and companies in Corporate Challenge events throughout the year!

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One Aim Ride the Rim Event

Posted on: July 29th, 2016 by Movement Sports Clinic No Comments

On June 24 and 25, 2016 riders from the One Aim Cycling Club persisted through incredibly inclement weather to ride their bikes for 24 hours. Their goal was to raise funds for the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer in August.

One Aim LogoThe route was 8km loops through the Parkland neighborhood in southeast Calgary. Movement Sports Clinic offered aid to the riders to help keep them rolling. Organizers had created a cozy and warm treatment space behind the food area for the physiotherapists to work on injured or fatigued participants.

Jill Farmer, Tyson Plesuk and Louise Taylor all spent time at the event to provide 24-hour coverage and were pleased to help team members with issues like neck strain, calf cramp, sciatic irritability and muscle stiffness.

The weather was horrendous with rain and stormy conditions through most of the event. The riders were impressive in their dedication to their fundraising effort and training through the cold and wet environment.

Special thanks to One Aim rider Sonya Bertrand for inviting Movement Sports Clinic to provide support, to Peggy MacDonald for her enthusiasm and amazing skills as chief organizer and to Nigel Brockton for his inspiration in the One Aim effort to fundraise to aid cancer research.

The event raised over $15,000.

Congratulations One Aim!




Team Mito and Movement Sports Clinic – Proud Partners in Support of MitoCanada!

Posted on: June 17th, 2016 by Movement Sports Clinic No Comments

Event details, photos, videos and more!

Movement Sports Clinic therapists were proud to provide support to the Team Mito Canada runners over their 24-hour quest at the Calgary Marathon Expo for six Guinness World treadmill records. The event occurred from 4pm on May 28 to 4pm on May 29th, 2016 at the Calgary Marathon Expo.

Solo runner Dave Proctor set two new world records for most kilometers run on a treadmill in 12 hours (139.22 km) and 24 hours (260.4 km). Solo runner Arielle Fitzgerald beat the 50km record (3:51) and set the 100km record (8:30:34) on a treadmill. Female and male teams of 12 runners also set new world records for cumulative distance run on a treadmill over 24 hours. The team runners ran four sets of 30 minutes each over the 24-hour timeframe, and they ran hard. The team runners frequently had the treadmills at maximum speed capacity of 20 km/h. The men’s team ended up running 394.76 kilometers and the women’s team ran 344.45 kilometers to both establish new Guinness World treadmill records.

MitoCanada is a charitable organization founded by local runner Blaine Penny and his family in support of mitochondrial disease research and awareness. This inherited disorder affects the energy production of our cells and leads to developmental, movement and cognitive disability. Blaine’s son has the disorder and local runners have rallied in fundraising efforts over the last several years. The Guinness World event raised over $75,000. To learn more about MitoCanada or to make a donation, please check out

As testament to the resilience, durability and dedication to MitoCanada and running, several of the athletes competed in the Calgary Marathon running events the next day. Calum Neff and Blaine Penny came second and fifth, respectively in the 50km ultra race. Adriana Wild and Debbie Reed came 2nd and 3rd respectively in the 50km race. Keith Bradford won his age group in the half-marathon. Greg Medwid ran the 50km and lounged part way to have a Jugo Juice smoothie! And a number of the other TeamMito runners in their green shirts were spotted around the race course.

Special mentions go out to Ultra Master of Ceremonies, Daniel Bowie and Ultra Project Manager Robert Lazorko. Other than Dave, Daniel was the only person to be at the event the full 24 hours +.  Daniel’s wit, motivation and cool lime green suit kept things lively for everyone at the event. Daniel, an offer stands for a complimentary jaw massage is still available for you anytime! Robert kept everything running smoothly and was willing to get down and dirty cleaning treadmills, filling ice baths and answering pretty much any question and finding a solution. Robert also ran the 50km the next day.

Tyson Plesuk has been the physiotherapist for 24-hour solo runner, Dave Proctor for the last six years and was on hand to provide both moral and physiotherapy support. Louise Taylor has been working with 50k and 100k solo runner, Arielle Fitzgerald, over the last couple of months, and was also present to provide assistance.

Fortunately, the musculoskeletal issues were limited to blister control and managing muscle tightness. Predictably the mental side of such an event was the biggest challenge. The solo runners also had gastrointestinal distress, headaches and lightheadedness to add to the challenge. Dave Proctor even had enough energy at 2:50am to Whip Nay Naying on a treadmill after running over 10hrs and 115km!

Tyson and Louise were kept busy working with the team runners through their running rotations over the 24-hour period. Groups of four runners would be on-site for four hours at a time running at high intensity twice for 30 minutes. They would then return several hours again to repeat. Most of the issues that Movement Sports Clinic’s therapists treated were related to muscle tightness, inhibition and soft tissue fatigue. Muscle release techniques, stretching and muscle activation were the most common therapies provided by Movement Sports Clinic’s therapists on minimal sleep.

Louise Taylor said, “Dave Proctor and Arielle Fitzgerald showed me the real meaning of endurance and what digging to the depths of their souls looks like. Unforgettable!”

Tyson Plesuk said, “What an amazing and special 24 hours that all the runners created to raise awareness and money for MitoCanada. The energy and atmosphere were electric each time one of the six Guinness World Records was broken. And Dave and Arielle demonstrated such an amazing display of pure heart and determination to push their bodies to the limits. This was an experience I will never forget!”

It was a pleasure to work with these dedicated, strong and elite athletes in their support of such a great cause. The team at Movement Sports Clinic salutes their effort!

Solo Runners:

Dave Proctor & Arielle Fitzgerald

Women’s team: Allison Blackmore, Shannyn Clancy, Devon Karchut, Carmen Lambert, Megan MacDonald, Jen MacPherson, Melissa Paauwe (captain), Debbie Reed, Faye Stenning, Sharon Styles, Adriana Wild, Arden Young

Men’s team: Darcy Bell, Keith Bradford, Adam Campbell, Jody Draude, Adam Kahtava, Tristan Janusc (captain), Rich MacDonald, Duncan Marsden, Greg Medwid, Calum Neff, Myron Tetreault, Blaine Penny



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