Adapted Physical Activity Camps and Programs: a Mixed Methods Project


Through a one- week camp or a Multi-week program participants with disabilities will be introduced to a variety of adapted or inclusive sport and recreation activities that are offered within the Calgary community (e.g., sledge hockey, wheelchair sports, rock climbing, gymnastics, etc.). During this time we would like to learn about participants physical activity levels using Activity monitors. Using quality of life and participation questionnaires, we are hoping to determine if the camp, participation in physical activity affects quality of life, and quality participation. Additionally, we want to determine if the camp could facilitate a pathway to regular participation in physical activity.


Currently recruiting participants: Yes

Eligible gender: Male, Female, Transgender, Other

Eligible ages: 4 to 25

Accepts healthy participants: Yes

Inclusion criteria:

If you answer YES to the following questions you or your child can participate in this research study:
- I am / My child is 4 - 25 years of age
- I have / My child has a disability
- I am / My child is able to follow instructions in a group setting
- I / My child speaks English
- My child is taking part in a program run by the University of Calgary or Mount Royal University or MNP Community and Sport Centre, WinSport, Vivo for Healthier Generations, or Vecova

Control Participants
-Meet above requirements but are unable or unavailable to attend camp/program. OR
-Meet the above requirements, except they do not have a disability, but are able to participate in the program alongside a participant with a disability.

Organized Adapted / Para Sport Participants
- Meet above requirements but are registered in a program that is not run by or affiliated with a CAH partner.

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Exclusion criteria:

- Individuals who are unable to provide a self-informed answer to survey questions or unable to wear the activity monitor. However, a parent may take part in survey outcomes on behalf of their child.


Fill out the following form if you want to participate in this research

Method of contact

Additional information

Contact information 403 955 5736

Principal investigator:

Carolyn Emery

Clinical trial: