Programs at The Steadward Centre
for Personal & Physical Achievement
Children and Youth Programs
Short Term Programs
Equipment and Facilities
SCITCS FES Exercise Clinic
The three long term programs offered at The Steadward Centre are the
mainstays of our programming. Our regular programs run year round and enables
individuals to participate in regular exercise to improve health, fitness,
mobility, and function.
The three regular programs are, Adult Fitness and Lifestyle Program (AFLP),
Stretch n' Tone, and the Free Weight Training Program. AFLP and
Stretch n' Tone are offered at all three of our Centres while the Free Weight
Training Program is conducted at our main facility at the University of Alberta.
Last year, approximately 200 individuals participated in our regular programs
translating into 17,135 of 19,470 total visits for all our
The main objective of the regular programs is to provide an environment
where persons with physical disabilities can receive quality
instruction and practice of healthy physical activity
principles to enable them to increase their level of
experience, education, and independence in regard to leading a healthy active
Adult Fitness & Lifestyle Program
The Adult Fitness & Lifestyle Program (AFLP) provides fitness instruction for individuals who as yet are unable to benefit
from programs offered by conventional fitness centres. This is accomplished through
customized fitness programs and instruction in resistance training, aerobic fitness
exercises and flexibility.
The goal of AFLP is to enable the person to pursue other fitness opportunities
within the community at large.
Stretch N' Tone
Stretch N' Tone is designed to provide a
fitness program specifically suited to the needs of individuals with Multiple Sclerosis. A
variety of light resistance training, aerobic fitness exercises and customized stretching
regimes are used to maintain or improve fitness levels.
Free Weight Training Program
The Free Weight Training Program was
originally designed to prepare athletes with physical disabilities for competition. This
program has been expanded to provide free weight training or circuit training to any
individual wishing to pursue this type of physical activity.
Centre for Adapted Group and Individual Exercise "CAGE"
The Centre's Children and Youth Programs originally titled "Youth
Activation Station", but now will be known as CAGE: Centre for Adapted
Group and Individual Exercise. The new name better reflects the program, and
uses the name of the program's training area in the Universiade Pavillion
(Butterdome), commonly known as "The Cage". Visit the CAGE
pages for more information about the programs.
With a combination of workshops, seminars, six week exercise classes and
special events, The Steadward Centre offers unique and innovative programs
providing variety and education in the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.
The Lifestyle Series was introduced at the Centre in 1994 with the goal of
encouraging individuals with physical disabilities to lead healthy, active
lifestyles. Information is presented in one day workshops or seminars.
Workshops focus on training specific areas of the body or specific energy
systems. The anatomy and function of the targeted area are highlighted and
emphasis is placed on the use of proper technique to ensure exercises are
performed safely. Individuals are encouraged to incorporate the exercises as
part of their regular activity. Previous topics have included:
- Core Stability
- Lower Leg and Ankle Training
- Improving Flexibility
- Improving Wrist and Hand Function
Seminars cover a broad range of topics related to healthy living and physical
activity. The goal of seminars is to provide information about healthy living
and provide discussion about these topics. Previous topics have included:
- Stress Management
- Self Defense
- Adapted Technology
- Accessible Transportation
Specialty fitness programs are exercise classes that focus on different
topics or forms of exercise and learning new skills. The programs range from one
day experience-based workshops to twice weekly sessions on specific physical
activity over two to six weeks. Specialty programs in the past have included:
- Learn to Canoe / Kayak
- Tandem Skydiving
- Rock Climbing
- Water in Motion
- Chair Aerobics
- Circuit Training
- Wall Climbing
Refer to the current Program
Flyers for programs
and workshops being offered now and in the near future!
Special Events are designed to provide individuals with activities to get
exposure to different forms of activity and add variety to being active.
Previous special events include:
In 1993, with the opening of the Leigh
McMillan Fitness Centre in Austin O'Brien High School,
The Steadward Centre began extending its programs into the community. Austin O'Brien
and St. Joseph High Schools are now partners in The Steadward Centre's community
outreach. Our continuing community focus will provide more satellite centres and programs
in Edmonton and throughout Alberta.
The TSC publishes Program Flyers three times a year. Follow this link for the
latest information on TSC long and
short term programs.
Steadward Centre is equipped with
three exercise training areas and state-of-the-art training equipment.
Members are also encouraged to use facilities in the adjoining Physical Education Complex. Among the
facilities available are an indoor 200m track, an outdoor 400m track and field area, two
swimming pools, gymnasia and other services are available.
The Steadward Centre, with generous
support from the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre Society
individuals with spinal cord injuries the most modern scientific advances available in
order to for them to enjoy the most independent lifestyle possible.
The SCITCS FES Exercise Clinic offers many forms of Functional Electrical Stimulation assisted
physical activity opportunities to individuals with spinal cord injuries.
The Clinic features ERGYS Bicycles from Therapeutic
Alliances, Inc.. Check out their web site!
We feature a special section on fitness training tips for everyone,
with a focus on persons with disabilities. Follow the link for TSC's
TSC Links. Come back soon for a special section on fitness web sites for persons with