PARC (Physical Activity Research Centre)

parc@icord.org / 604-675-8814

We are happy to offer these virtual exercise options:

About the Yuel Family Physical Activity Research Centre

The Yuel Family Physical Activity Research Centre (PARC) is a community-based research facility that is led by ICORD researchers and a PARC Advisory Committee made up of members from ICORD, Spinal Cord Injury BC, GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre, and the UBC School of Kinesiology Outreach Program.

The facility is committed to providing opportunities for the local spinal cord injury (SCI) community to participate in research on exercise and physical activity. We envision that the PARC will nurture an active exchange of ideas between the community of individuals living with SCI and ICORD researchers. Most of the exercise equipment at PARC can be used directly from your wheelchair or are easily transferable from your wheelchair.

Hours (By Appointment)

Before booking an appointment, please answer the health-related questions in the following PDF:  Health Questionnaire COVID-19

We are happy to announce that we are extending our opening hours and extending some of the appointments to 90 minutes.

Please book your appointment through this form (Access code: PARC) or call us at (604) 675-8814 during opening hours. 4 spots are available during each time slot and they will be assigned on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please sign up for one appointment per week, if there is availability, you are allowed to book another appointment during the current week. Any additional appointments (up to 5 per week) can be booked on the day of the appointment. Please make sure your intake reassessment if up to date!

COVID-19 Health Questionnaire

During the booking process you will be asked to answer the questions on the COVID-19 Health Questionnaire. If you answer YES to any of the questions, please schedule your appointment for at least 14 days form the day you completed the questionnaire. If your health condition changes and you start exhibiting any of the symptoms related to COVID-19, please reschedule your appointment.

During your appointment at PARC

During the day of your appointment at PARC we ask you to please:

  • arrive on time. If you are early, please wait outside of the building or in the lobby, we won’t be able to let you in before your appointment. Please give us a call if you are running late.
  • stay on the ground floor, unless you have an appointment elsewhere in the building.
  • leave PARC at the end of your appointment. You will be notified 5 minutes before the end of your appointment. If you have to wait for transportation, you will be asked to wait in the atrium or outside the building.
  • always try to maintain a minimum distance of two metres to others. If you require physical assistance, you will be required to wear a face mask.
  • wash your hands before and after your workout.
  • use a hand sanitizer when transitioning between pieces of equipment.
  • consider wearing a face mask at all times. During physical assistance, a face mask for you and for the person assisting you is required.

Please let us know if you have any questions by sending us an email.
We look forward to seeing you!

Location

PARC located on the ground floor of the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre (BSCC), 818 West 10th Avenue. Click here to learn about visiting the BSCC, including transit and parking information.

Research

Our goal is to advance research to understand the best strategies for providing opportunities for people with complete or partial paralysis due to spinal cord dysfunction to participate in exercise and physical activity.  The aim of this study is to examine physical activity and health outcomes in people with spinal cord injury (SCI) resulting in complete or partial paralysis. We plan to elucidate the best approaches to providing opportunities for people with SCI in and around Vancouver to participate in exercise and physical activity. We will also investigate whether increasing physical activity and exercise leads to benefits in different aspects of your physical function, fitness and quality of life.

Get Started

If you are interested in joining PARC, please check out Getting Started in PARC. You can also contact us at parc@icord.org or call us at 604-675-8814 for more information. Please also see our FAQ page.

PARC Exercise Videos

We have created a PARC Youtube channel where we upload online PARC exercise videos for people to follow along at home while our in-person facility is temporarily closed.

Accessible Media visits PARC

In 2017, PARC won a City of Vancouver Award of Excellence in the Accessible City category. Accessible Media visited PARC to learn how its volunteers and participants are making Vancouver healthier and more accessible.

In 2017, PARC was renamed the Yuel Family Physical Activity Research Centre.

Greg Yuel and his family have been donors of the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) and Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) for over 20 years. Greg is also a board member of the Foundation. Their extraordinary contributions have helped advanced spinal cord injury research and improve quality of life for people with disabilities. The Yuels share RHF’s commitment to equal accessibility and inclusivity for all, and want their philanthropy to contribute to the greater good and development of the community. Greg is an avid athlete and when he saw the amazing people working out in PARC and the generosity of the volunteers, he knew immediately this was the room he wanted his recognition to be associated with.

Acknowledgements

PARC is generously supported by Canada Foundation for Innovation, BC Knowledge Development Fund, Rick Hansen Foundation, UBC Kinesiology, UBC Medicine, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute, Spinal Cord Injury BC, and HAL Industries, and a Spinal Chord Community Research Grant.

If you would like to make a donation to support PARC, click here.