Enhancing exercise capacity and performance in elite Wheelchair Rugby athletes

This project aims to assess a number of novel exercise training techniques to improve exercise performance in elite Canadian Wheelchair Rugby athletes. The first training technique to be assessed is training in the heat, a condition that many Wheelchair Rugby players may have difficulty competing in, to lead to adaptations that will improve performance in the heat. The second is to train athletes using a combination of arm cycling and passive leg cycling to increase the hearts response to exercise and induce changes in heart structure & function and potentially exercise performance. Finally, we will examine how training respiratory muscles – which are weakened in many Wheelchair Rugby athletes – can benefit exercise performance among Team Canada athletes. Ultimately, the program aims to assist the Canadian National Wheelchair Rugby team achieve future Paralympic success.

Faculty Supervisor:

Christopher West


Cameron Gee


Canadian Sport Institute Pacific




Medical devices


University of British Columbia



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