Functional Agility and Strength Training (FAST) Knee Program

The Functional Agility and Strength Training (FAST) Knee Program was created for individuals who previously had knee surgery or a knee injury. This program is broken down into 4 levels. Individuals are assessed by their Glen Sather Clinic physiotherapist (physical therapist) or physician to determine what level is best suited for their needs.


To register for the FAST Knee Program, please see your Glen Sather Clinic physiotherapist or physician for a referral. If you have already been approved for the FAST Knee Program, you can register by calling 780-407-5160 or emailing prac@ualberta.ca with "FAST Knee Program" in the subject line.

Questions regarding the FAST Knee Program can be emailed to prac@ualberta.ca.

 

Current Classes

  • FAST 1 and 2
    Focus on building the foundation of strength and flexibility to being active. These classes will target muscles around the knee but also will improve core, hip, and ankle strength and mobility.
  • FAST 2 Continuation
    Also known as FAST 2.5. This is a continuation of FAST 2 and for repeats of FAST 2 only. Typically most patients will complete FAST 2 for several months before meeting the criteria for FAST 3. Repeat classes will integrate some early footwork, agility, and running movement patterns to prep for FAST 3.
  • FAST 3
    This level will help transition patients to high impact activities such as jumping or running while maintaining adequate strength for return to activity or sport. It will begin to reintroduce and identify proper movement mechanics to help prevent a reinjury.
  • FAST 4
    This level will focus on introducing high risk movement patterns such as cutting, changing direction, or single leg jumping. It will also integrate reaction time and some sport specific training depending on the class level. Completion of FAST 3 is required to enter this class.
NOTE: All classes are designed to be taken concurrently with your physiotherapist, and ARE NOT replacements to seeing a physiotherapist. In order for optimal rehabilitation, consistent follow up with your physiotherapist is needed. The program allows you to space out your follow up treatments and prevent frequent follow up (i.e. follow ups every 1-2 months vs. every 1-2 weeks)

Preparation for the FAST Knee Classes

  • FAQs

    How long are the sessions?
    The classes run two times a week for 6 weeks.

    What happens after I am done a level?
    The physical therapist will provide you with a work out program and game plan for the next steps in your rehabilitation on the last day of the class.

    What if I register in the wrong level?
    A physical therapist will do an in-take assessment on Day 1 and take you through different exercises to see if you are appropriate for the current level you are registered in. If appropriate, the physical therapist will refer you to the right level. 

    Note: Refer to the above section to see what level you should register for.  

    If I do not have a knee injury, can I register?
    Yes! Some people take the classes for injury prevention or to learn proper technique for lifting or moving. Please email us if you are interested and we can direct you. 

    What if I miss multiple classes, will I get a refund?
    If there is a legitimate reason why you had to miss classes (i.e. emergency, another injury that limits your ability to participate in the class), then we may refund you. This will be determined on a case by case scenario. We do not refund for NO-SHOWS. 

  • What to bring to class
    Please bring athletic or work out attire that you will feel comfortable doing exercises in. Bring a water bottle (water fountain available) and running shoes. You can also bring work out gloves if you have some or feel more comfortable lifting with gloves.
  • What to expect
    You will be doing exercises for approximately 50-60 minutes. Be prepared to sweat and have fun!  If you are registered for FAST 3 or 4, you may be outside for portions of the classes (during summer months), so please bring sunblock or sun screen.