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Clinical Rehab

Our research team has evaluated extensively ways to improve the health status of individuals with chronic disease and/or disability (including cardiovascular disease, chronic heart failure, cancer (of various forms), transplantation, spinal cord injury, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease). This research resulted in the development of rehabilitation models that meet the unique demands of a variety of chronic conditions. For instance, our novel interval training program has been shown to provide a safe and highly effective alternative to traditional exercise rehabilitation (Am J Cardiol 2005;95:1080-84). Moreover, our interactive video gaming program has been shown to be highly effective in persons with chronic disease (including cardiovascular disease, spinal cord injury, and breast cancer). Our research has significant implications for current clinical exercise rehabilitation practices around the world affording greater training options to clinicians and patients alike.

We have also been able to directly translate the findings of our research at the individual and community level. We are extremely proud of our partnerships with community-based┬áprograms (such as the Garratt Wellness Centre (Richmond BC), the Physical Activity Support Line, and the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries), and non-profit advocacy groups/organizations (e.g., our work with Brad Zdanivsky and VerticalChallenge.org). We are also proud of the various initiatives that have resulted from our research (such as the “Gift of Life Dragon Boat” team). Collectively, our research has resulted in an increased awareness of the health benefits of exercise training for varied clinical conditions.

On this page, we will provide links to various initiatives that our research group has been involved with. For instance, the following You Tube video demonstrates Shirley Wong (a current PhD student) testing a tetraplegics’s maximal aerobic power at the University of British Columbia during a study for Shirley’s MSc thesis.