Centres and Units

The Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation (PER) is directly affiliated with a number of centres and units, each with their own mandate and purpose, that play a key role in linking PER faculty members and research to external communities.

The centres and units serve as “living laboratories”, providing enriched learning environments to engage our students in their fields of study. Being able to facilitate research through our partnerships with these centres and units enables us to translate our research into practice, allowing us to positively impact the
community

Centres

Alberta Centre for Active LivingAlberta Centre for Active Living
As an research centre of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, the Alberta Centre for Active Living (ACAL) plays a critical knowledge translation role in providing reliable, evidence-based physical activity information to practitioners, decision-makers, organizations and communities across Alberta and Canada.

Glen Sather Sports Medicine ClinicGlen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic
The University of Alberta’s Glen Sather Sports Medicine Clinic (GSSMC) is a multi-faceted facility that serves the needs of active individual whether they are a recreational player, a varsity athlete or someone who enjoys exercising and staying active. GSSMC incorporates the services of physicians, physiotherapists and sport scientists to deliver care to athletes, and also serves as an educational and research facility for PER graduate and undergraduate students.

Steadward CentreThe Steadward Centre
The Steadward Centre serves as a research, teaching and service delivery unit within The Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta to facilitate engagement in physical activity, fitness and sport for individuals experiencing disability.

Units

Alberta Sport Development Centre - Capital RegionAlberta Sport Development Centre – Capital Region
The Alberta Sport Development Centre – Capital Region is dedicated to enhancing the development of elite and emerging athletes and coaches through the delivery of educational and sport science services.

High Performance Training and Research CentreHigh Performance Training and Research Centre (HPTRC)
Designed as a unique training centre and living laboratory, HPTRC incorporates the Faculty’s sport research and sport science expertise with varsity level, provincial level and national level athletes who are continuing their sport development and preparing for competition at the highest level.

Sport and Health Assessment CentreSport and Health Assessment Centre
The Sport and Healthy Assessment Centre (SHAC) provides fitness testing services for central and northern Alberta general and research communities, as well as metabolic testing to other research units within the U of A and external research institutes. PER graduate students are often involved in ongoing projects at SHAC.

Work Physiology LabWork Physiology Laboratory
PER researchers and graduate students are involved in many areas of research at the Work Physiology Laboratory leady projects related to the physical demands of emergency response occupations. They also conduct physical fitness evaluations for firefighter applicants.