Centres and Units

Sport Performance Centre

Through the Sport Performance Centre, the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation offers a unique training and research environment in high performance sport. The Sport Performance Centre provides opportunities for our undergraduate and graduate students to engage with our renowned academic staff and Canada's most successful interuniversity athletic programs. Students are provided practical, hands-on learning experiences in sport conditioning while developing an understanding of sport science research.


Sport Conditioning: Training for the demands placed on athletes in their respective sports. Strength and conditioning coaches use training techniques based on the latest research to effectively build maximal strength, power and endurance, resulting in increased fitness levels and athleticism.

The Steadward Centre - High Performance Disability Sport: This program is designed for athletes in disability sports at provincial, junior national and national level. Athletes in this program have been identified by their sport organizations as an emerging athlete and train 2-3 times per week with a strength and conditioning coach in the Sport Performance Centre. Training sessions focus on building muscular strength, power, endurance and flexibility specific to the demands of each sport and unique abilities of each athlete.

Sport Performance Centre User Groups

  • University of Alberta Athletics - Golden Bears and Pandas Varsity student-athletes and affiliated programs
  • Alberta Sport Development Centre *
  • Canadian Athletic Coaching Centre *
  • Canadian Sport Centre *
  • Professional sport teams - Edmonton Oilers and FC Edmonton
  • Provincial, National and International competitive athletes *

*identified or carded athletes

To see if you are eligible to use the Sport Performance Centre and for fee information, please contact us at hptrc@ualberta.ca or 780-248-1982

Space Overview

The Sport Performance Centre consists of the following:

  • Multiple Olympic weightlifting sets and platforms
  • Squat cages
  • Pull Up stations
  • Extensive Dumbbell and bench area
  • Gymnastics mat
  • Dynamic movement area - plyometrics and acceleration mechanics
  • State of the art spin bikes for metabolic conditioning
  • Stretching area
  • Adaptive equipment for para-sport athletes
  • Medicine ball wall

Recent Research Projects

  • Kinetic and kinematic comparison of backward overhead medicine ball throwing with varying loads
  • Heart rate variability and fatigue monitoring in women's basketball
  • Establishing the reliability of the 30-second sweeping test in curling athletes
  • Effects of strength training on sport specific outcomes
  • Understanding training and performance experiences of Paralympic athletes