Olena Klahsen

Olena Klahsen
University of Ottawa · School of Human Kinetics

Master of Science


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I am about to embark on my PhD with Dr. Linda McLean at the University of Ottawa. Together, we will be looking into how female pelvic floor muscles change over the human lifespan.
Additional affiliations
May 2018 - August 2018
Cambridge Memorial Hospital, Ontario
  • Research and Policy Coordinator
  • Developing hospital wide policies for new legislation. Previous Years: 2016, 2017
January 2021 - December 2025
University of Ottawa
Field of study
  • Human Kinetics
September 2018 - December 2020
University of Guelph
Field of study
  • Human Health and Nutritional Science
September 2014 - April 2018
University of Guelph
Field of study
  • Human Kinetics


Publications (4)
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PurposeTo examine whether unilateral multifidus damage could promote degeneration at the L5-6 facet joint (FJ) and compensatory changes in lumbo-pelvic muscles in rats.Methods12 facet clamp, 12 facet sham and 7 control rats were studied. Facet clamp and sham animals had the left L5-6 FJ exposed, and the clamp group had a mild compressive clamp appl...
Rodent models that experience a mechanical injury to the facet joint have had contradicting results regarding the degree of osteoarthritis that the injured joint experiences. This thesis sought to answer if this disagreement was caused by surgical injury to the paraspinal multifidus muscle. It was expected that muscle and joint injury would drive c...
Sacroiliac joint pain is often interpreted by healthcare practitioners as non-specific pain in the lower back region. This has resulted in many cases of sacroiliac joint pain being misdiagnosed as general chronic low back pain, which has led to large gaps in the knowledge regarding its exact causes and manifestation. The pain is theorized to develo...



Projects (2)
1. To design a general physical activity and a running focused questionnaire that captures the impact of urinary incontinences in females 2. To test these questionnaires for content, concurrent and discriminant validity 3. To test the reliability of these questionnaires
Archived project
To determine the impact of a surgical injury to the multifidus muscle on a model of traumatic facet joint osteoarthritis in male rats