Health and Physical Education

Mount Royal Adapted Physical Activity Hub



The Adapted Physical Activity Hub is a culmination of teaching, research and programs all related to sport, recreation and fitness for persons with a disability.  In 2017, we hosted the Adapted Physical Activity Symposium in part to highlight our programs and launch this web page.


Mount Royal offers three sections of adapted physical activity in the Department of Health and Physical Education every year. Each student is required to complete a 10 hour volunteer practicum at a recreation, sport and or fitness organization / program for persons with a disability. Second, students also complete a facility accessibility audit. If you are interested in hosting a student for either purpose, please contact David Legg. 

Canadian Sport For Life Video Big Idea Video with Dr. David Legg
(click below)

Mount Royal offers the only (that we know of) MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) in Adapted Physical Activity. You are welcome to take the course as a self directed student for no credit and at no cost at any time by clicking here: HPED 3320: Adapted Physical Activity.


Many faculty members in the Department of Health and Physical Education are interested and have conducted research in the area of adapted physical activity. We are interested in partnering with community members so please let us know what opportunities might be available. 

The Department is also proud to house the original files of Dr. Robert Steadward, the founding President of the International Paralympic Committee. Over time these files will be digitized to provide easier access but in the meantime please contact David Legg if you wish to visit campus and have access to them.
                                                                                                                                                Paralympics In Calgary Video
                                                                                                                                                (click below)
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The following four programs are offered through Mount Royal Recreation Accessibility.
There is opportunity to request a 40% discount on memberships for those with a disability. 

i)                 Children’s Adapted Physical Activity (CAPA) 

The CAPA program pairs children who have special needs ages 4-12 one-on-one with volunteers with the aim of developing the physical, social, and cognitive skills of the participants in a fun and interactive setting.

CAPA runs Saturday afternoons at Mount Royal University from 1:00-3:00. The first hour is in the gym and the second hour in the pool.

CAPA was founded in Winter 2011 by Dr. David Legg and Sarah MacEachern in Calgary, AB. It is modeled after the Sensory Motor Instructional Leadership Experience (S.M.I.L.E.) program at Acadia University, Wolfville NS.

ii)               Wheelchair basketball 

Mount Royal has also hosted in partnership with Calgary Rocky Mountain Rollers wheelchair basketball as a drop in intramural activity on Wednesday evenings. Visit the Calgary Wheelchair Basketball Facebook page for more information. To register directly click ePlay.

iii)              Spinal Cord Injury fitness (including Functional Electrical Stimulation) 

We are proud to offer specialized fitness opportunities for persons with disability. We have several adapted strength training pieces, specialized fitness trainers and most recently acquired through the generous donation from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation a Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) bike for persons with spinal cord injuries and other mobility impairments. We also have access to an AlterG treadmill through our Wellness Centre

Mount Royal University FES Rates  
*Persons with a disability that have permanent impairment impacting mobility and/or functional ability that limits facility usage will receive a 40% discount off the public rates (cannot be combined with any other offers). 
**For FES bike support and bookings, contact Shelly Stranaghan at 403.440.6631 or



FES Assessment (someone completely new to FES cycling)

  • Up to 2 hour FES Assessment (100.00)
    • All Paperwork
    • Muscle testing
    • Program creation
  • 3 - 1 on 1 session (135.00)
    • Monitor program
    • Create familiarity with Bike
    • Teaching of a loved one/aid how to place/attach electrodes
  • Electrodes (75.00 – 5 X 15.00)
    • 5 packs of electrodes 

$ 310.00





FES Sessions

·       1 on 1 support

·       1 hour sessions

·       Note – if it is the first time at MRU the first 1 hour session may be limited due to paperwork and set up


Recreation Membership – Monthly

  • Unlimited access to FES Bike
  • Must pre-book sessions with MRU Hero
  • Access to the rest of the facility

$70.00 (40% discount for individuals with a disability)

Recreation Membership – Yearly

  • Unlimited access to FES Bike
  • Must pre-book sessions with MRU Hero
  • Access to the rest of the facility

$563 (40% discount for individuals with a disability)

***Funding for the FES bike was graciously provided by the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation


iv)              Swimming Lessons (H2Able) 

Through the CAPA program, we identified a need for adaptive swimming lessons. MRU Recreation started the H2Able swim program which specializes in swimming lessons to help children with disabilities gain confidence and comfort in the aquatic environment.


v)               Partnerships 

Mount Royal has formed partnerships with several local organizations. This includes the hosting of national championships for both wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby as well as ongoing programming such as sledge hockey and goal ball. This list is open to any potential partner in the Calgary area that wishes to be connected to the MRU Adapted Physical Activity Hub so please contact with David Legg to be added.  
ASRAB: Alberta Sports and Recreation Association For The Blind
Rocky Mountain Adaptive
Footjax AlterG Antigravity Treadmill
Ultimate Wheelchair Sports Foundation

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For more information please contact David Legg at or @davidfhlegg

MRU Adapted Physical Activity Hub