Movement, Mobility and Physical Activity

Description: A fundamental focus of Rehabilitation science is building knowledge of how people move and keep moving throughout their lives. Our programs of research help advance understanding of the influence of development, health, illness and injury on the control, learning, recovery and integration of goal-directed movement in meaningful functional activities across the lifespan. Current emphases include the development of strategies to optimize functional mobility and promote physical activity in the context of ageing, musculoskeletal, neurological, medical, pain-related, metabolic, and neurodevelopmental conditions. Outcomes of research are also used to inform diagnosis and prevention of injury. This work utilizes state-of-the-art movement science and exercise lab-based facilities; as well as strong partnerships with hospital and community-based researchers, clinicians and other knowledge users.

Here are our current projects that sit under this theme. Click on the link to Faculty involved to find out more about each project:

Research Project Title


Learning not to fall: Perturbation training to promote safe independent mobility post-stroke Vincent DePaul
Gender differences in mobility: what we can learn to improve mobility in old age. Nandini Deshpande,
Simon French
Stick With It: a multistage project to determine and overcome barriers and facilitators to exercise adherence for people with hip and knee osteoarthritis Simon French
Adaptive locomotor performance in the early stages of multiple sclerosis: a pilot study Nandini Deshpande
A Community-based Randomized Controlled Trail testing Implementation of the new Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Adults with Multiple Sclerosis Marcia Finlayson
Fall Risk and Incidence Reducation in Multiple Sclerosis Marcia Finlayson
Project COMPLETE: Coordinated Multiple Sclerosis Exercise Toolkit Marcia Finlayson
Bone mineral density screening and fracture risk in people with MS Marcia Finlayson
Setting the Agenda for Recovery Research in Older Adults with Hip Fractures: Considering the Bigger Picture Simon French
Integration of exercise counselling and support into the Musculoskeletal Help Line for knee OA: A mixed study of a novel phone service Simon French
Physical Activity after brain injury: a Prospective chort Study Vincent DePaul
Does perturbation training prevent falls after discharge from stroke rehabilitation? A prospective chort study with historical control Vincent DePaul
The effect of a pre-dialytic low-intensity exercise program on health outcomes of elderly hemodialysis patients Trisha Parsons
The relationship of temporal gait asymmetry and rhythm perception and production Vincent DePaul
Biomechanics of the cervical spine Lucie Pelland
Reducing the Burden of Stroke Research Program Vincent DePaul
The relationship between cardiovascular responses and vestibularly mediated balance control following long-duration spaceflight Nandini Deshpande