LAUNCH of the PAR-Q+ & ePARmed-X+: International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health 2010

Mobilizing Research for Global Action in Policy and Practice On May 5-8, 2010, the 3rd International Congress on Physical Activity and Public Health was held in Toronto, Ontario. There were more than 1200 delegates from more than 48 countries in attendance. Drs. Warburton and Bredin were honoured to be amongst a select group of presenters during […]

Article has been cited more than 5600 times!

We are extremely pleased to report that an article created by Drs. Warburton and Bredin (published in the prestigious Canadian Medical Association Journal) has now been cited over 5600 times. This article is amongst the most cited papers in the history of the Canadian Medical Association Journal. We are pleased with the reception that this article has […]

Getting Games Fit

Drs. Warburton and Bredin were highlighted recently for their innovative approach to reducing the risk for the 25,000 volunteers of the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2010.  Getting Games Fit was a huge success and has set the benchmark for future Olympic Games. For the full story please click the following link: Getting Games […]

FUN hockey! UBC Thunder

SPACES AVAILABLE We are pleased to announce that FUNdamental Hockey (FUN Hockey) is in full swing for this spring and summer. Our development sessions are currently ongoing and our Thunder teams will participate in a series of development sessions with the ultimate goal of participating in exhibition games, a jamboree, and/or local tournament. Currently, we are working […]

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Hard work spotlights the character of people: some turn up their sleeves, some turn up their noses, and some dont turn up at all. Sam Ewing

Recent Articles:

“Fit but unhealthy? UBC study finds hidden heart disease risk in athletes”

September 2, 2018 Recent Events No Comments

We are pleased to say that one of our studies was highlighted recently on various media outlets and by the BMJ journals. This work was conducted as part of Barb Morrison’s graduate work (Experimental Medicine) under the supervision of Dr. Warburton and colleagues from SportsCardiologyBC. For further information please click on the following links:


“Yes, hot yoga is awesome. Science says so”

July 18, 2018 Recent Events No Comments

Research from the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory was recently highlighted in the Globe and Mail. The article by Alex Hutchinson discusses the potential benefits of training in a hot yoga environment in elite Olympic field hockey players. This work was conducted as part of Andrew Perrotta’s PhD thesis in Experimental Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, under the supervision of Dr. Darren Warburton. We are proud of the work of our trainees and our continued work with Field Hockey Canada and various other professional and national teams.


Pacific Thunder

June 23, 2018 Recent Events No Comments

We are pleased to say that our senior boys hockey team (UBC Pacific Thunder) are scheduled to play in the upcoming Whistler International Allstar Hockey Tournament. Our 2005 aged boys will participate in this prestigious tournament as part of the Program of Excellence in Sport Development. This year’s team will have players from Alberta, Greater Vancouver, the Okanagan, and Vancouver Island. This includes players from leading spring hockey programs and hockey academies such as the Pacific Selects, Vancouver Vipers, Vancouver Selects, Steelers, BC Bears, Island Stars, BC Blackhawks, St. George’s Hockey Academy, BWC Hockey Academy, and Delta Hockey Academy.


We are pleased to say that our team won the bronze medal in this tournament and more importantly got to meet kids from diverse regions of North America. The kids were great ambassadors for our programming demonstrating that it is possible to have fun and succeed at elite youth hockey. We are indebted to all of the kids, their parents and families, and spring programs that allowed their players to play for our team. Most will be entering elite hockey academies in the fall. We look forward to watching the careers of these elite players.

Here are a few pictures that capture the kids during the tournament. We are particularly proud to show the picture of Zach Zapanta and his little brother Zyann Zapanta who have been athletes and athlete mentors in our programming for several years. You will also notice the retro jerseys that the kids chose to wear, really speaks to why the kids play hockey (#FUN, #fundamentalhockey).



New Centre

May 29, 2018 Recent Events No Comments

We are honoured to announce that our main research laboratories have been moved to the Lower Mall Research Station. We are particularly proud of our new program, Indigenous Studies in Kinesiology.

CIHR Catalyst Grant

January 26, 2018 Recent Events No Comments

Congratulations to Dr. Darren Warburton (PI) and his team on receiving a $109,911 CIHR Catalyst Grant: Indigenous Approaches to Wellness!

His team includes Dr. Jan Hare (LLED; Co-PI), Dr. Shannon Bredin (Co-applicant; Knowledge User; KIN), R Miles (Principal Knowledge User), Dr. Moss Norman (KIN; Co-Applicant), P Oh (University of Toronto; Co-Applicant), Dr. Ryan Rhodes (University of Victoria; Co-Applicant) and Gail Sparrow (Collaborator; Knowledge User).

The aim of this Catalyst Grant is to provide seed money to support research activities related to Indigenous approaches to wellness which represent the first steps towards the pursuit of more comprehensive funding opportunities (e.g., operating grants). This grant funds researchers who, in collaboration with the Indigenous community, will develop, evaluate, and build on existing tools and methods to better incorporate Indigenous concepts of wellness in health research designs.


FUN hockey! UBC Thunder

January 18, 2018 Recent Events No Comments
FUN hockey! UBC Thunder


We are pleased to announce that FUNdamental Hockey (FUN Hockey) is in full swing for this spring and summer. Our development sessions are currently ongoing and our Thunder teams will participate in a series of development sessions with the ultimate goal of participating in exhibition games, a jamboree, and/or local tournament. Currently, we are working on research initiatives with children born in the years 2004-2008. If your son or daughter in interested in this program please feel free to contact our team (Dr. Rosalin Miles (; 604-822-1337 or Dr. Darren Warburton

About FUNdamental Hockey (FUN Hockey): Thunder

FUNdamental Hockey (FUN Hockey) is a leading off-ice development program for youth hockey players. This initiative is part of our “Program of Excellence in Sport Development” consisting of a program specially designed for athletes from the ages of 4 – 18 yr. The FUNdamental Development for Hockey Performance (FUN Hockey) program is centred on the guiding principal that hockey should be fun for all children regardless of skill level. Moreover, it is designed in an age-appropriate manner to ensure that skills fundamental for growth and performance are developed. FUN Hockey and our Thunder teams were developed to ensure that all children have the opportunity to learn about hockey in a FUN and nurturing environment. Our program is run by faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and volunteers dedicated to youth sport. This initiative builds upon the research and work of Drs. Bredin and Warburton with youth and high performance athletes. Our program was created leading up to the 2010 Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games as part of the Sport Cardiology and Musculoskeletal Assessment Research Team (SMART 2010) for the 2010 Vancouver Games. We are pleased to continue our various related grassroots research initiatives and spring hockey development for children from across the lower mainland.

SPRING JAMBOREE (2007-2008 Age Group)

FUNdamental Hockey is dedicated to the development of fundamental movement skills in a fun and safe environment. As part of this research- and community-based initiative, we are organizing the first annual UBC FUNdamental Hockey Jamboree to be held in Greater Vancouver (location and date to be determined so that it does not conflict with other spring hockey programs and sporting events). This Jamboree is designed for boys and girls that are currently playing minor and/or spring hockey. Children from across Canada and BC are welcome to attend. The tournament is designed to provide professional coaching and game play in a non-competitive environment. Emphasis will be placed on fun including fun in game events (such as shoot outs and various competitions). Depending upon the number of players enrolled we may play in a 4 on 4 or 5 on 5 format. Each child will play in at least 3-4 games.

The 2017 Jamboree is for boys and girls between born in the year 2007 and 2008. Other ages may be accommodated if there is enough interest. Parents will be asked to rate their children so that an equal balancing of teams can occur. Please note that the games will be held in the Greater Vancouver region (UBC, Delta, and/or Richmond) and that some games may occur during the weekday (late afternoon or evening). As we are advocates for higher education, we will aim to attempt to limit the number of games played during regular school hours. We will also try to avoid times that conflict with other spring sports (as best as possible).

Our 2007 and 2008 Jamboree can likely accommodate 40 or more players. We encourage children to play for other spring teams and use our jamboree as a fun event to end the spring hockey season. It is anticipated that from this group of kids that 3 on 3 teams and/or regulation teams will naturally evolve. At the end of the day, it is about the kids having fun and meeting each other. If your son or daughter in interested in playing in this FUN jamboree tournament please feel free to contact Dr. Rosalin Miles (; 604-822-1337.

Our Instructors

Mark Rice

Mark is completing his PhD under the supervision of Dr. Bredin. Mark’s research focus is on talent identification in young athletes. Of particular interest is the ability to predict elite athleticism in youth hockey players. Mark is originally from Calgary Alberta where he attended the University of Calgary and received a BSc in Kinesiology. He completed his MSc at UBC working with youth hockey players (under the supervision of Dr. Bredin). Mark brings with him a high level of sport performance in various sports as a as an ex-professional golfer who played on the Canadian Golf Tour as well as a national squash team member, and a high level hockey player (drafted to the WHL).

Nick Held

Nick Held is a PhD student working under the supervision of Dr. Warburton. He also works at Fortius Sport & Health as the Director of Hydrotherapy. He has extensive experience in sport/performance conditioning and rehabilitation for wide ranging clientele. This includes working with a variety of professional athletes from the NBA, NHL, AHL, MLS and CFL, as well as Olympic athletes from Field Hockey Canada, Canadian Soccer Association, Rugby Canada, Snowboard Slopestyle and Athletics. He has a Masters degree in Sport Psychology. As a current PhD student in the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation laboratory at UBC he has a passion for helping athletes optimize performance and reach their full potential. He is currently working a high performance physiologist with Canada’s National Men’s Field Hockey Team. He played Junior B Lacrosse and was drafted to the QMJHL playing Junior A hockey in Ontario.

Volunteers and Directed Studies Students

Our program involves approximately 10-15 student volunteers completing graduate or undergraduate work at the University of British Columbia. The majority of these individuals are from the School of Kinesiology. Some students will also complete directed studies projects working under the direct supervision of Dr. Bredin and/or Dr. Warburton. Interested students should send a letter of contact and short CV to Dr. Rosalin Miles (; 604-822-1337.

Congratulations to Recent Graduates

December 8, 2017 Recent Events No Comments

A sincere congratulations to Kyra Dickinson (MKIN) and Annie Lasinsky (PhD) on their recent successful thesis defences.

Congratulations to Dr. Jack Taunton

April 12, 2016 Recent Events No Comments

Congratulations to our friend, mentor, and colleague (Dr. Jack Taunton) on the prestigious WALLACE WILSON LEADERSHIP AWARD. Awarded to a graduate of the UBC Faculty of Medicine “who has demonstrated high ethical standards and outstanding leadership to the profession.” For more information, please visit:

Date & Time: Thursday, May 5, 2016

6:00 – 7:00 PM – Registration & Reception | 7:00 – 8:00 PM – Meeting & Awards Ceremony

Location: William A. Webber Medical Student & Alumni Centre | 2750 Heather Street, Vancouver, BC

RSVP: 604-875-4111 ext 62032 or


“One of the greatest myths…”

April 5, 2016 Recent Events No Comments

In their recent highlighted article, Drs. Warburton and Bredin directly challenge current dogma relating to the minimal level of physical activity required for health benefits. They state:

“One of the greatest myths perpetuated within physical activity promotion, the exercise sciences, and exercise medicine is the belief that you need to engage in a minimum of 150 minutes a week of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity to obtain health benefits.”

Source: “Reflections on Physical Activity and Health: What Should We Recommend?” by Darren E.R. Warburton, PhD, and Shannon S. Bredin, PhD, MSc (DOI:


April 5, 2016 Recent Events No Comments

The work of Dr. Warburton and Dr. Bredin was recently highlighted in a press release from the prestigious Canadian Journal of Cardiology. Their paper directly challenges current messaging stating that you need to attain 150 min of moderate-to-vigorous intensity exercise to obtain health benefits. Their research (and that of others) has clearly demonstrated that marked health benefits can be accrued at remarkably low volumes of physical activity. Physical activity is for everyone!

Here are the details from the PRESS RELEASE:

Presently Recommended Exercise Levels May Be Much More than Needed for Significant Health Benefits

Experts Writing in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology Challenge Physical Activity Guidelines Development Groups to Update Recommendations 

Philadelphia, PA, April 4, 2016 – International physical activity guidelines generally recommend 150 minutes a week of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity, but a critical review of the literature indicates that just half this level of activity may still lead to marked health benefits, say experts in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. They challenge physical activity and exercise guidelines development groups to update their recommendations to reflect the evidence.

Physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality, accounting for approximately 3.2 million deaths annually, according to the World Health Organization. Regular physical activity is acknowledged to be an effective primary and secondary preventive strategy. The evidence points to risk reductions of at least 20-30% for more than 25 chronic medical conditions and premature mortality. However, the amount and intensity of recommended exercise are still hotly debated.

“One of the greatest myths perpetuated within physical activity promotion, the exercise sciences, and exercise medicine is the belief that you need to engage in a minimum of 150 minutes a week of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity to obtain health benefits,” explained Darren E.R. Warburton, PhD, and Shannon S. Bredin, PhD, MSc, of the Cardiovascular Physiology and Rehabilitation Laboratory, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. “However, the preponderance of evidence simply does not support this contention. There is compelling evidence that health benefits can be accrued at a lower volume and/or intensity of physical activity. These health benefits are seen in both healthy and clinical populations.

“Marked health benefits can be observed in persons living with disability and/or chronic disease with volumes of activity that are well below the 150 minutes per week threshold. Unfortunately, this arbitrary threshold has too often been included in recommendations related to those living with disability and/or chronic medical conditions,” they added.

Dr. Warburton and Dr. Bredin, who were responsible for creating the systematic reviews that informed the 2011 Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for adults and older adults, attribute the recommendation of the need to reach a minimum of 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity per week in Canada to a translation error introduced since the publication of those reviews. “A simple turn of phrase from ‘should’ to ‘must’ has had significant impact upon the knowledge translation of the evidence. For instance, promotional materials that state explicitly that individuals ‘must’ attain 150 minutes per week to achieve health benefits have emerged, along with other messages that imply (or explicitly state) that health benefits cannot be accrued at lower volumes of activity.”

In the current article, the authors systematically review the latest studies and recommend that:

  • Public health policies should reduce barriers to physical activity participation such that everyone can reap the benefits of physical activity
  • Physical activity/exercise promotion should be part of an integrated approach to enhance healthy lifestyle behaviors
  • The independent health risks of sedentary time (particularly sitting time) should be highlighted
  • Patients should be provided with an individualized prescription (dosage) that considers their unique characteristics and needs

“It is our sincere hope that this article will help address this significant knowledge translation error, such that all Canadians can reap the health benefits of physical activity.” they concluded. “Important, also, is the associated evidence that sedentary time (in particular sitting time) has its own health risk, even for those persons that are physically active. The simple message of ‘Move more and sit less’ is more understandable by contemporary society and based on a strong body of evidence.”

Commenting on this article, James A. Stone, MD, PhD, Clinical Professor of Medicine and Consultant Cardiologist at the University of Calgary, questioned whether these recommendations are “running on empty,” i.e., deriving clinical practice recommendations in the absence of clearly linked high-quality scientific evidence.

“Much of the pertinent information Drs. Warburton and Bredin reference in their review article has only been published in the last few years, and some of it is based on large epidemiologic studies where the available information may be less rigorously researched than the scientific evidence used to produce clinical practical guidelines recommendations,” observed Dr. Stone.

“Have the facts really changed? The argument that a lesser dose of physical activity and exercise can still return significant health benefits needs to be vetted and incorporated into evidence-informed clinical practice guidelines. The time has come to update the message regarding physical activity and exercise,” commented Dr. Stone. “However, practice implementation messages are not the same as evidence-informed clinical practice recommendations derived from high-quality evidence. More specifically, the message that some physical activity is better than none needs to be researched and validated so it can be incorporated into clinical practice guidelines. So, are current guidelines running blind? Clearly, the correct historical answer is an emphatic no. But with rapidly emerging evidence, we need to expeditiously change all clinical practice guidelines when the facts change,” he concluded.

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“Reflections on Physical Activity and Health: What Should We Recommend?” by Darren E.R. Warburton, PhD, and Shannon S. Bredin, PhD, MSc (DOI:

Editorial: “Canadian Physical Activity Clinical Practice Guidelines Running on Empty?” by James Arthur Stone, MD, PhD (DOI:

Both published online in Volume 32, Issue 4 (April 2016) of the Canadian Journal of Cardiology, published by Elsevier.

Full text of these articles is available to credentialed journalists upon request. Contact Eileen Leahy at 732-238-3628 or to obtain copies. Journalists who wish to speak with Dr Darren E.R. Warburton may contact him at +1 604-822-4603 or  Journalists who wish to reach Dr Stone for comment may contact him at


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Editor-in-Chief Stanley Nattel, MD, is Paul-David Chair in Cardiovascular Electrophysiology and Professor of Medicine at the University of Montreal and Director of the Electrophysiology Research Program at the Montreal Heart Institute Research Center.


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